Cuban slugger Omar Linares ripped a two-run go-ahead single in his debut game in Japan’s top league Tuesday as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Hiroshima Carp 5-1 at the Nagoya Dome to halt their losing streak at three games.

Tied 1-1 in the eighth with none out and two on, Linares, who was 0-for-3 at the time, connected for a single to left field to bring home two runs.

With one out, Masahiro Araki and Motonobu Tanishige — who nailed a game-tying solo blast in the fifth inning — hit back-to-back RBI doubles to put Chunichi up 5-1.

Linares, the first player allowed by Cuban baseball officials to join a professional league outside the Caribbean country, went 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Hitoki Iwase (2-2) picked up the win, pitching two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Melvin Bunch, who limited Hiroshima to one run over 7 1/3 solid innings.

Hiroshima starter Hiroki Kuroda (5-5) took the loss, giving up four runs on 10 hits over seven-plus innings while striking out 10.

Swallows 7, BayStars 3
Akinori Iwamura and Atsunori Inaba had three hits each and starter Kevin Hodges pitched three-hit ball over seven innings as Yakult downed Yokohama at Hiratsuka Stadium.

Hodges fanned eight in picking up his CL-leading 12th win.

Giants 4, Tigers 2
Masumi Kuwata held Hanshin scoreless over seven innings and picked up his fifth win as Yomiuri became the first team in either league to notch its 50th win of the year by beating the Tigers at Koshien Stadium. The Giants are on a six-game winning streak.

Marines rally to win

CHIBA — Naoyuki Shimizu pitched eight strong innings and Koichi Hori scored the go-ahead run on a triple and an error as the Chiba Lotte Marines rallied to defeat the Orix BlueWave 5-2 Tuesday night.

Shimizu (8-5) gave up just two runs while scattering six hits and one walk to pick up the win in front of 18,000 fans at Chiba Marine Stadium. Masahide Kobayashi held the BlueWave scoreless in the ninth for his 19th save.

“I just gave it everything I had those last few innings, and I was lucky our guys scored some runs,” Shimizu said.

The Marines squandered an opportunity to score in the first inning, but Tadaharu Sakai’s RBI single in the second briefly gave Lotte the lead.

In the top of the third, Orix catcher Takeshi Hidaka tied the game with a solo home run over the right-field fence.

Lotte shortstop Makoto Kosaka went 4-for-5 on the night with a double.

Lions 8, Fighters 2
Kazuhiro Wada went 3-for-4 and belted two of Seibu’s five home runs and second-year lefty Koji Mitsui (5-1) scattered two hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Lions beat Nippon Ham at the Tokyo Dome.

Buffaloes 4, Hawks 2
Veteran catcher Kenji Furukubo smacked a two-run go-ahead single with two out in the sixth inning to lift Kintetsu over Daiei in Fukuoka.

Prospect passes test

KOBE (Kyodo) Infielder Mark Schramek, the top pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the entry-level draft earlier this summer, passed a tryout for the Orix BlueWave on Tuesday.

“We will make him an attractive offer,” Orix president Yutaka Okazoe said.

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