Giants slay Dragons
John E. Gibson / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter
Chunichi's season-best nine-game winning streak went up in smoke in a hurry on Wednesday.
Shigeyuki Furuki socked a three-run homer that capped a six-run, first-inning outburst and Dicky Gonzalez cooled off the Dragons' bats with a season-high 10 strikeouts and gave up just three hits as the Yomiuri Giants cruised 11-1 in front of 42,880 at Tokyo Dome.
The Central League-leading Giants used the big first inning and four homers to douse second-place Chunichi's longest winning streak in four years and push the Dragons 2-1/2 games behind them in the standings.
"It has been a while," Yomiuri skipper Tatsunori Hara said of his team's double-digit scoring effort. "The six runs in the first inning really got things going in our favor. The frustration of last night was clear in the way our team played tonight."
Cleanup man Alex Ramirez and No. 5 hitter Yoshiyuki Kamei …