Kintetsu slugger Norihiro Nakamura homered in consecutive at-bats, three other Buffaloes hit homers and starter Jeremy Powell tossed seven solid innings as Kintetsu powered past the Nippon Ham Fighters 10-1 at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday.

Nakamura slammed a solo homer to lead off the second inning and capped a four-run third with a three-run dinger — his 38th home run of the year — as the Buffs extended their win streak to four games.

Powell (17-9) gave up a run on a solo homer by Kuniyuki Kimoto in the seventh, allowed six hits all together, and walked none for his Pacific League-leading 17th win as Nippon Ham suffered its fifth straight loss.

Fighters first baseman Michihiro Ogasawara went 1-for-3 and is currently hitting .3382, in second place behind PL batting leader Alex Cabrera (.3387) of the Lions.

BlueWave 1, Marines 0

Yuki Tanaka tossed six-hit ball over the distance, striking out nine en route to his seventh win as Orix beat Lotte at Green Stadium Kobe, sending the Marines to their 18th shutout loss of the season.

Scott Sheldon nailed a solo homer off Lotte starter Kosuke Kato (9-15) for the only run of the game. Kato fanned seven over seven-plus strong innings in a losing effort.


Swallows 7, Carp 5

Atsunori Inaba had three hits including three-run homer out of the stadium and rookie hurler Masanori Ishikawa (10-9) pitched six-plus innings for the win as Yakult beat host Hiroshima.

Dragons 9, BayStars 3

At Yokohama, Chunichi catcher Motonobu Tanishige went 3-for-4 with a solo homer — his 24th roundtripper of the year — to help lift the Dragons over Yokohama.

Tigers 5, Giants 2

Kei Igawa pitched his first complete game victory in two months and Shinjiro Hiyama hit a two-run double in a three-run third inning as Hanshin downed Yomiuri at Koshien Stadium.

Igawa (14-9) allowed just four hits with six strikeouts and one walk as Hanshin moved into fourth place in the CL standings.

Hideki Matsui had a 1-for-4 night and saw his average slip to .336 — .003 percentage point behind the Chunichi’s Kosuke Fukudome (.339).

Oshima finished

The Nippon Ham Fighters will not renew manager Yasunori Oshima’s contract for next season, club president Takeshi Kojima said Saturday.

Kojima gave notice to Oshima at the Pacific League club’s front office amid reports that the Pacific League is planning to hire American minor-league manager Trey Hillman for next season.

Oshima, whose three-year contract ends this year, said he was prepared to lose his job since his club will finish in the bottom half of the six-team league this season after ending the 2001 campaign in the PL cellar.

“From my first year with Nippon Ham, I was prepared for this situation if I produced bad results,” Oshima said.

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