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Fighters' Wilson drives in six

Nigel Wilson went 4-for-4 at the plate — including a three-run homer in the fifth inning — while driving in six runs to power the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 15-3 drubbing of the Kintetsu Buffaloes at the Osaka Dome in Pacific League action Wednesday night.

Nippon Ham starter Hiroyuki Sekine (1-2) went six innings while giving up three runs on five hits to pick up his first win of the season and Yukihiro Sakurai worked the final three frames for the save as the Fighters won their fourth straight.

Hawks 6, Marines 4

Infielder Nobuhiko Matsunaka belted a pair of solo homers to lead Daiei to a victory over last-place Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.

BlueWave vs. Lions — ppd.


Tigers 2, Giants 1

Pinch-hitter Yutaka Wada drove in a pair of runs with a clutch double and Roberto Ramirez notched his first win in Japan as red-hot Hanshin edged Yomiuri at the Tokyo Dome.

Wada broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh with a double up the alley in left that scored runners from first and third and gave the Tigers their fifth straight victory.

Ramirez (1-1), formerly of the Colorado Rockies, gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh but held Yomiuri to six hits over seven innings for the win. Kurt Miller retired the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Yomiuri starter Darrell May (2-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs on only three hits over seven innings.

BayStars 5, Swallows 1

At Nagasaki Prefectural Stadium, pitcher Satoru Komiyama (2-1) went the distance while giving up one run on seven hits as Yokohama downed Yakult to snap a three-game losing skid.

Takahiro Saeki belted a two-run homer in the second inning and Tatsuya Shindo followed with another two-run blast in the fourth to lead the Yokohama attack.

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Tigers stiffen up

The Hanshin Tigers announced Wednesday that they reached an agreement with minor-league infielder Jason Hardtke, making the Colorado Rockies’ farmhand the sixth foreign player on the Central League team’s roster.

Hardtke, 28, has experience in the majors with both the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs. Last year, he was a member of the United States squad that qualified for September’s Olympics Games in Sydney.

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