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Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia (8-2) gave up one earned run over seven solid innings and picked up his eighth win as the Seibu Lions beat the Kintetsu Buffaloes 7-2 at the Seibu Dome on Sunday, slashing their “magic number” to 17.

Chang allowed seven hits and walked four. Two relievers retired the side the rest of the way.

In the second inning, Hiroshi Hirao got on base with a single, stole second and scored on Hiroyuki Takagi’s RBI single for the first run of the game.

Takagi stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error before scoring on Kazuo Matsui’s sacrifice fly to put the Lions up 2-0.

Up 3-0 in the fourth inning, Kazuhiro Wada, who hit an RBI single in the second inning, singled home a run with the bases loaded.

Pinch-hitter Hiroyuki Oshima then ripped a double to add two more runs for the Lions.

BlueWave 2, Fighters 2 (12)
Toshihiro Noguchi scored a run in the sixth and hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the game-tying run as the game ended in a tie after 12 innings at the Sapporo Dome.

Orix scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Yasuo Fujii and Yuji Goshima.

Marines 12, Hawks 2
Nathan Minchey allowed one unearned run over seven strong innings and got plenty of backup from his teammates for his 10th win as Lotte downed Daiei at Chiba Marine Stadium to snap its losing streak at seven.

Kazuya Fukuura and Derrick May had three RBIs each for the Marines.

Leading 8-1 in the sixth, Lotte scored three runs on three straight walks before Kiyoshi Hatsushiba capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 4, Tigers 2
Hideki Matsui slammed his 40th homer of the year and rookie hurler Hiroki Sanada limited Yokohama to one run over eight innings as CL-leading Yomiuri beat the BayStars at Yokohama Stadium.

With the win, together with a loss by the second-place Swallows, the Giants extended their CL lead to 7 1/2 games.

Eighteen-year-old right-hander Sanada (3-2) gave up four hits and walked two for his third win in eight outings.

The Giants scored three runs in the first inning on Shinnosuke Abe’s RBI double and Takayuki Saito’s two-run single.

Up 3-1 in the seventh, Matsui belted a solo homer off Yokohama starter Shane Bowers (4-6).

Tigers 3, BayStars 0
Lefty Trey Moore pitched seven-hit ball over the distance and did not allow a runner past second base to help Hanshin beat Yakult at Koshien Stadium.

Moore (10-10) walked three and struck out three for his second shutout win this year.

Swallows rookie starter Masanori Ishikawa (8-7) gave up three runs on five hits — including a solo homer to George Arias — over 5 2/3 innings in taking his first loss since July 26 as Yakult lost two straight for the first time in a month.

Carp 7, Dragons 4
Takahiro Arai went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, hitting a three-run dinger in the sixth inning and adding a run in the seventh with an RBI single to help Hiroshima over Chunichi at the Nagoya Dome.

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