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Tanaka tosses another complete-game gem

Kyodo

Masahiro Tanaka had his scoreless streak snapped at 16 innings but settled for his second straight complete-game win as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles edged the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 on Tuesday.

Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and scattered three hits with three walks and a hit batter in Pacific League action at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Rakuten took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Daisuke Kusano in the fourth inning and a run-scoring double from Yosuke Takasu in the fifth, both off Shunsuke Watanabe (0-1).

Kazuya Fukuura broke up Tanaka’s shutout bid with a two-out RBI single to right-center, but pinch runner Keisuke Hayasaka was tagged out at home plate trying to score the tying run from first.

Lions 5, Hawks 3

At Kumamoto’s Fujisakidai Stadium, Hiroshi Hirao singled in two runs and Takayuki Kishi threw eight effective innings as Seibu beat Softbank to notch its fourth win in five games.

Buffaloes 8, Fighters 7

At Sapporo Dome, Tuffy Rhodes drove in three runs with a single and his fourth homer of the season as Orix held off a late Hokkaido Nippon Ham charge for its fourth win in a row.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

BayStars 4, Carp 1

At Mazda Stadium, Takehiro Ishikawa singled in two runs in a four-run sixth inning and Hayato Terahara threw seven-plus innings of one-run ball, leading Yokohama over Hiroshima.

Terahara (1-1) allowed four hits and struck out nine.

Dragons at Tigers — ppd.

Giants at Swallows — ppd.