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Lions ace Wakui earns complete-game win

Kyodo

Ace right-hander Hideaki Wakui pitched eight effective innings and Takumi Kuriyama drove in three runs as the Saitama Seibu Lions beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7-3 on Friday for their fourth straight win.

Wakui (3-1) allowed three runs — two earned — and seven hits in a 139-pitch outing at Seibu Dome. The 2009 Sawamura Award winner walked three and struck out five.

Kuriyama had an RBI grounder in the third inning and doubled in two runs in the fourth, helping the Lions to a 6-1 lead.

Fighters starter Dass Romash Tasuku (0-1) lasted only 2 1/3 innings.

The defending Pacific League champions have lost four in a row and fallen 10 games below .500.

Dee Brown delivered a two-run double in the third and Takeya Nakamura hit his third home run in four games with a solo shot in the eighth for Seibu.

Hawks 9, Eagles 1

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Katsuki Yamazaki finished a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs and Toshiya Sugiuchi threw one-run ball over eight innings as Fukuoka Softbank handed Tohoku Rakuten its fourth consecutive loss.

Yamazaki hit a two-run double off Hiromichi Fujiwara (1-2) in the second inning to put the Hawks ahead 3-1.

Yamazaki led off the fifth with his first homer since May 20, 2006, before adding an RBI double in the sixth.

Sugiuchi (4-1) struck out nine and allowed six hits, all singles, while walking three.

Buffaloes at Marines — ppd.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Carp 4, Dragons 3

At Mazda Stadium, Tomonori Maeda hit a pinch-hit, “sayonara” single in the ninth inning to lift Hiroshima over Chunichi.

Maeda singled up the middle off Takuya Asao (1-1) with the bases loaded and one out. Former New York Mets left-hander Ken Takahashi (2-0) won in relief.

Masafumi Suenaga doubled in the opening run and Kenta Kurihara followed with a two-run homer to give the Carp a 3-0 lead in the first. But the Dragons tied the score on a two-run home run from Kazuhiro Wada in the fourth inning.

Tigers at BayStars — ppd.