Hanshin southpaw Kei Igawa threw a three-hitter and notched his Central League-leading eighth win Thursday as the Tigers roared past the Hiroshima Carp 7-0 at the Osaka Dome.

Igawa (8-2) went the distance on 129 pitches, walking three and striking out eight, and also contributed offensively with two hits and a run batted in as the Tigers posted their eighth win in 10 games.

George Arias, meanwhile, greeted Hiroshima starter Shinji Sasaoka (2-3) with a solo homer leading off the second inning to keep alive a 16-game hitting streak while adding to his CL-leading homer total with No. 17.

Dragons 2, Giants 1
Scott Bullett raced home from second in the eighth inning on a single to left by Kazuyoshi Tatsunami to lift Chunichi over host Yomiuri at the Fukuoka Dome.

Chunichi’s Kenshin Kawakami (4-0) scattered seven hits over seven-plus innings of work while striking out six and Eddie Gaillard earned his 12th save to send Yomiuri to its third straight loss.

Swallows 8, BayStars 6
At Yokohama Stadium, Yakult pounced on Daisuke Miura (2-9) for six runs in the first two innings and then held on for a victory over Yokohama.

Yakult’s Alan Newman (2-3) struck out five over 3 2/3 innings of work in relief of Yataro Sakamoto to earn the win.


Lions 12, Marines 2
Tom Evans went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored to pace Seibu to their fourth consecutive win as the Lions romped over an error-prone Lotte at the Seibu Dome.

Seibu’s Fumiya Nishiguchi (6-3) fanned seven over six innings while allowing only two hits without a walk. Lotte’s Nathan Minchey (3-8) was saddled the loss as the Marines committed three errors behind him and offered little offensive punch.

BlueWave 6, Hawks 2
At the Nagoya Dome, Yoshitomo Tani singled and doubled to drive in two runs and score two more as Orix ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Daiei.

Orix starter Edward Yarnall (4-5) allowed only one more hit over the next 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Ham announces plan

The Nippon Ham Fighters, who are planning a move to Sapporo in 2004, will play about 15 games at the Tokyo Dome after relocating in Hokkaido to ensure that Pacific League games are played in Tokyo, baseball sources said Thursday.

Also, in a lead up their proposed move, the Fighters are planning to schedule 10 games at the Sapporo Dome next season.

The sources added that after the move to Hokkaido, the Fighters will have to obtain consent to use the Tokyo Dome from the Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows of the Central League, who will share the stadium as their home field.

Nippon Ham, which currently plays its home games at the Tokyo Dome, has indicated that it plans to move the franchise to Sapporo.

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