Orix sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run third-inning burst as the BlueWave evened their two-game Taiwan series by beating the Daiei Hawks 8-7 on Wednesday evening at Taipei’s Tien Mou Stadium.

In the bottom of the first, Hiroki Kokubo, Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Kenji Jojima hit consecutive RBI singles to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.

In the third, Orix took the lead with a six-hit barrage.

Up 6-4 in the sixth, the BlueWave added two runs on a solo homer by Kazuhiko Shiotani and an RBI single by Yoshitomo Tani.

Trailing 8-4 in the eighth, Daiei cut the lead to one run on Noriyoshi Omichi’s pinch-hit three-run homer, but it was as close as they got.

A capacity crowd of 12,000 was on hand for the Pacific League contest.

Buffaloes 2, Lions 1
Jeremy Powell pitched 7 1/3 solid innings, limiting Seibu to one run as Kintetsu edged the lions at the Osaka Dome.

Powell walked three and struck out eight batters. He allowed five hits en route to his third win.

Akira Okamoto pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and earned his seventh save.

Lions infielder Kazuo Matsui set the record for consecutive game appearances in the Pacific League, playing in his 899th straight game. He broke the record of 898 games set by the Nankai Hawks’ Tokuji Iida from 1950 to 1956.

Matsui, in his ninth season out of Osaka’s PL Gakuen, began his ironman streak on July 22, 1995, as a second-year player with the Lions.

The Japanese record for consecutive game appearances is 2,215, set by Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Carp between 1970 and 1989.


Giants 11, Swallows 1
South Korean hurler Cho Sung Min combined with three relievers on a five-hitter and picked up his first win in two years as Yomiuri pounded Yakult at the Tokyo Dome.

Cho walked none and struck out four. He gave up one run on a solo homer by Akinori Iwamura — and four hits all together — over six innings.

In the first inning, the Giants jumped on Yakult starter Satoshi Iriki (1-3), loading the bases on a hit and two walks before Akira Eto smashed a grand slam into the left-field bleachers.

Up 7-1 in the fifth, Yomiuri slugger Hideki Matsui lined a solo homer over the center-field wall.

Dragons 5, Carp 4
Scott Bullett homered in back-to back at-bats and Kazuki Inoue and Masahiko Morino hit back-to-back homers to break a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning as Hiroshima beat Chunichi at Fukui Prefectural Stadium.

All the home runs were off Carp starter Tetsuto Tomabechi (1-3), who surrendered five runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Rookie Daisuke Yamai (2-0) picked up the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five-plus innings.

Tigers 4, BayStars 2
George Arias and Kentaro Sekimoto had three hits each to lead the Hanshin offense while starter Keiichi Yabu pitched six-plus solid innings as the Tigers beat Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium.

Yabu (5-1) allowed one run on four hits and left the mound in the seventh after getting hit by a comebacker on his right hand.

Closer Mark Valdes gave up a run in one inning of work but earned his 10th save.

The BayStars fell to their ninth straight loss, their longest skid in six years.

Matsuzaka’s arm OK

Pacific League strikeout leader and Seibu Lions ace Daisuke Matsuzaka complained of an ache in his right elbow two days ago but medical examinations Wednesday revealed there was nothing wrong.

Matsuzaka left the mound after six innings in Seibu’s 3-1 loss to the Kintetsu Buffaloes on Monday after feeling some discomfort in his elbow. He returned to Tokyo early to undergo a checkup, but X-rays proved to be negative.

Matsuzaka leads the league in wins and strikeouts (66).

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