Kazuhiro Wada homered twice with three RBIs Tuesday as the Seibu Lions edged the Kintetsu Buffaloes 4-3 at the Osaka Dome to regain a six-game lead in the Pacific League.

An RBI double by Alex Cabrera got the visitors on board in the first inning and Wada connected for a solo blast off Katsuhiko Maekawa (4-9) in the fourth before slamming a two-run shot — his 16th of the season — in his next at-bat in the sixth.

Mitsutaka Goto (3-1) allowed four hits that pulled Kintetsu within a run in the bottom half but four Seibu relievers held the Buffaloes scoreless the rest of the way to snap their four-game winning streak. Kiyoshi Toyoda pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Marines 4, Hawks 0

In Chiba, Koji Takagi pitched five scoreless innings and rookie Toshiya Tsuji went 2-for-2 with a go-ahead sacrifice fly as Lotte went on to blank Daiei.

Takagi (2-0) used his change-up effectively, allowing two hits with two walks and two strikeouts for the win. Lotte followed Tsuji’s second-inning sacrifice fly by scoring three runs in the fifth on Saburo Nakamura’s RBI single and a Kiyoshi Hatsushiba two-run double.

BlueWave 2, Fighters 0

At the Tokyo Dome, Fernando Seguignol hit a two-run homer and Ed Yarnall pitched eight shutout innings as Orix beat Nippon Ham.


Giants 7, BayStars 4 (11)

At Yokohama Stadium, Yomiuri catcher Shintaro Abe hit a bases-loaded double with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, leading the Giants over the BayStars.

Swallows 6, Dragons 5 (11)

At the Nagoya Dome, Alex Ramirez drilled a solo homer off Masahiro Yamamoto in the top of the 11th inning as Yakult handed Chunichi to its third straight loss.

Carp 1, Tigers 0

In Kurashiki, Hiroki Kuroki (7-5) pitched his second shutout of the season on a six-hitter to lift Hiroshima over Hanshin.

Uehara, Matsui honored

Right-hander Koji Uehara and outfielder Hideki Matsui, both of the Yomiuri Giants, were named the top pitcher and player in the Central League for the month of July, league officials said Tuesday.

The Chiba Lotte Marines’ Masahide Kobayashi claimed the pitcher of the month award in the Pacific League while Scott Sheldon of the Orix BlueWave was named the league’s player of the month.

Uehara posted four wins with a 2.32 ERA for the best record in the CL during July. Matsui batted .379 with 11 homers, including seven in as many games after July 24, and 24 RBIs to help Yomiuri stretch its league lead with a 17-5 run in the month.

It is the first time since August 1996 that two Giants players have won the awards in the same month.

In the PL, Kobayashi earned eight saves in as many chances with no earned runs and just one hit against the 22 batters he faced. Sheldon was selected after hitting nine homers, including five in five games, with a league-high average of .390.

Bunch hospitalized

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons right-hander Mel Bunch was hospitalized after complaining of dizziness prior to Tuesday’s game against the Yakult Swallows, officials of the Central League club said.

Bunch, who is 7-7 with a 3.28 ERA in 17 games this season, felt faint and dizzy while driving a car after leaving his home for the Nagoya Dome. He later went to a Nagoya hospital, where he was underwent a a medical check.

“It seems as though his heart was beating rapidly in the car. He was hospitalized because he may have an irregular pulse,” Chunichi president Junnosuke Nishikawa said.

Bunch’s interpreter said the pitcher has been having difficulty sleeping for the past few days.

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