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Hawks win first interleague crown

Kyodo News

Takeshi Tsuji scored the go-ahead run on a Yuichi Honda grounder in the top of the ninth inning as Softbank edged Yomiuri 3-2 at Tokyo Dome to finish atop the interleague standings.

Tsuji started the inning with an infield single off Marc Kroon (1-2) and went on to beat a throw home from Yomiuri second baseman Takayuki Terauchi, who fielded Honda’s ground ball.

Naoyuki Omura went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Softbank. Shinnosuke Abe and Yoshinobu Takahashi homered for Yomiuri, whose winning streak ended at four games.

Softbank’s wins represents the fourth consecutive season that the top interleague team has come out of the Pacific League.

Tigers 5, Fighters 3

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto homered in consecutive at-bats and drove in three runs in Hanshin’s win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Kanemoto had a leadoff shot in the second inning before his two-run drive, both off Ryan Glynn (3-10), turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

A Norihiro Akahoshi RBI single extended the lead in the fifth but the Fighters scored twice in the eighth to pull within 4-3 before Takashi Toritani’s sacrifice fly gave the Tigers some breathing room in the bottom half.

Scott Atchison (5-4) pitched one-run ball over five innings. Kyuji Fujikawa picked up his Central League-leading 25th save with a perfect ninth.

Eagles 3, Carp 1

At Hiroshima Stadium, Hisashi Iwakuma struck out seven over six strong innings and Tohoku Rakuten beat Hiroshima to snap a three-game slide.

Iwakuma (11-2), who became the first 11-game winner in Japanese baseball, allowed one run and five hits while walking two en route to winning his seventh straight start. Masahiro Tanaka, who normally pitches out of the rotation, tossed three innings for his first career save.

Fuminori Yokogawa chipped in with a two-run homer with two out in the second and Jose Fernandez added an RBI single one inning later.

Soichiro Amaya had a run-scoring single in the fifth for Hiroshima. Colby Lewis (10-5) took the loss.

Dragons 7, Marines 5

At Nagoya Dome, Masaaki Koike drove in three runs as Chunichi extended its winning streak to a season-high five games while handing Chiba Lotte its third straight loss.

Koike had an RBI infield single to tie the game at 5-5 in the second inning and gave Chunichi the lead for good with a two-run double off Lotte starter Naoyuki Shimizu (5-6) in the seventh.

Kazuki Yoshimi (8-0) worked two scoreless innings in relief.

Hitoki Iwase picked up his 22nd save.

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