Baseball: Kurihara grand slam lifts Hawks over Eagles


Ryoya Kurihara broke a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning grand slam, leading the SoftBank Hawks to a 5-3 Pacific League win Thursday over the Rakuten Eagles.

With the bases loaded and one out, Kurihara sent a 2-1 pitch from reliever Sora Suzuki over the right-field wall at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome for his fourth home run of the season.

Ryosuke Tatsumi answered back by hitting a three-run homer to pull the Eagles back to 4-3 in the top of the seventh, but Kensuke Kondo added a sacrifice fly for the Hawks in the bottom half of the inning.

“We had the best outcome,” Kurihara said. “(Yuito) Mori-san ...

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