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Nobuhiko Matsunaka led off the ninth inning with a solo homer Tuesday and lifted the Daiei Hawks to a 5-4 “sayonara” win over the Orix BlueWave in the first Japanese professional baseball game played in Taiwan since World War II.

Daiei overcame a three-run deficit with solo homers from Hiroki Kokubo, Noriyoshi Omichi and Koji Akiyama in the seventh inning at Tien Mou Stadium in Taipei.

Fighters 3, Marines 2

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Yukio Tanaka belted a game-tying solo homer and Sherman Obando smacked a solo clout for the winning run in a two-run sixth inning, helping Nippon Ham stop its losing skid to Lotte at four.

Lions 5, Buffaloes 2

Tatsuya Ozeki hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to give Seibu a comeback win over Kintetsu at the Seibu Dome.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 4, BayStars 2

Shinji Taninaka gave up five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings for his first win in a month as Hanshin edged Yokohama at Hiratsuka Stadium.

With the victory, Hanshin returned to the Central League-leading position.

Swallows 2, Giants 1

Yakult rookie hurler Masanori Ishikawa allowed five hits over 6 1/3 innings to shut down Yomiuri and won his third decision of the season when Yakult defeated Yomiuri at the Tokyo Dome.

Yomiuri starter Kimiyasu Kudo (2-4) struck out 12, giving up four hits over eight innings.

Dragons 9, Carp 2

Chunichi collected six hits to score six runs in the sixth inning to beat Hiroshima at Gifu Stadium.

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