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Lions snap Buffaloes’ seven-game win streak

Kyodo

Shogo Akada led the offense with four hits and two RBIs and Takayuki Kishi pitched seven scoreless innings Saturday as the Seibu Lions ended the Orix Buffaloes’ winning streak at seven games with a 7-1 victory.

Seibu took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back RBI singles from Toru Hosokawa and Akada before Takeya Nakamura made it 3-0 in the fifth with his Pacific League-leading 36th home run at Kyocera Dome.

Akada hit another run-scoring single in the seventh to help the Lions build a seven-run lead through seven innings and push their league lead back to seven games over Orix, which avoided a shutout with Alex Cabrera’s ninth-inning leadoff shot, his 33rd homer of the season.

Kishi (11-4) won his fifth straight decision, allowing four hits with two walks.

Shogo Yamamoto (9-5) took the loss.

Fighters 4, Eagles 1

At Sapporo Dome, Shinji Takahashi delivered a tiebreaking single in the fourth inning and left-hander Shugo Fujii picked up his first win since June 8, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham over Tohoku Rakuten.

Takahashi followed an Eiichi Koyano RBI double with his clutch hit to right field and Terrmel Sledge doubled in two runs off Hiroshi Katayama (2-5) an inning later, giving the Fighters a 4-1 lead.

Fujii (3-7) allowed one unearned run and two hits over seven innings while walking five and hitting two batters with pitches. Micheal Nakamura pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Marines 5, Hawks 4

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Jose Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, leading Chiba Lotte past Softbank.

Ortiz hit a game-tying solo homer in the seventh inning and put the Marines ahead 5-3 with a two-run single in the eighth.

The Hawks pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the potential tying run on third with no outs, but Lotte closer Tadahiro Ogino retired the next three batters in order.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 5, Carp 3 (12)

At Hiroshima Stadium, Takashi Toritani hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the 12th inning as Hanshin beat Hiroshima to snap a five-game losing streak.

Toritani broke a 3-3 tie when he singled on a ground ball to left field with two outs after Norihiro Akahoshi singled leading off the extra frame and Tomoaki Kanemoto was intentionally walked.

An RBI single by Akihiro Yano tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth after the Carp turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Tomoyuki Kubota (6-3) threw two scoreless innings for the win while Takayuki Oshima (0-4) took the loss, helping Hanshin reclaim a 4 1/2-game lead.

Swallows 7, Giants 4

At Jingu Stadium, Masakazu Fukukawa homered twice and drove in five runs to help rookie right-hander Yoshinori Sato get his first win as Tokyo Yakult downed Yomiuri for its sixth win in seven games.

Fukukawa had a two-run homer in the second inning and broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run shot in the sixth off Daisuke Ochi, who inherited a two-out, two-on jam from starter Tetsuya Utsumi (9-8).

Dragons 6, BayStars 1

At Nagoya Dome, Norihiro Nakamura hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run first inning and Akinobu Shimizu pitched his first career complete game, leading Chunichi over Yokohama.