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Lefty Koji Takagi limited Kintetsu to four hits over the distance for his first shutout win since October 2002 as the Chiba Lotte Marines blanked the Buffaloes 10-0 at Osaka Dome on Tuesday.

The loss, coupled with the Daiei Hawks’ win, pushed the Buffaloes into second place in the Pacific League standings.

Takagi (1-2) went the distance on 128 pitches, walking just two batters as the Marines won their third straight to improve to .500.

Rick Short went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and hit a two-run homer off Kintetsu starter Kevin Beirne (2-2) to cap a six-run second inning.

Tuffy Rhodes, who homered in the last four games, went 0-for-3.

Hawks 12, Fighters 2

Rookie hurler Nagisa Arakaki (2-2) combined with two relievers on a seven-hitter and Nobuhiko Matsunaka backed him with five RBIs as Daiei trounced Nippon Ham at Kitakyushu Stadium in Fukuoka.

BlueWave 8, Lions 7

Jose Ortiz went 4-for-4 and Roosevelt Brown drove in three runs as Orix edged Seibu at Sapporo Dome to snap its losing streak at three.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 11, Dragons 5

Shinjiro Hiyama solo homered and Hiroshi Yagi pinch-hit a sacrifice fly in a go-ahead third and Hanshin added five more runs in the fifth as it downed Chunichi in a clash between the top two teams in the CL at Nagoya Dome.

Tigers cleanup Osamu Hamanaka belted a grand slam in the fifth inning as Hanshin tooka two-game lead in the standings.

Giants 9, Swallows 3

Akira Eto smashed a grand slam to highlight Yomiuri’s go-ahead six-run seventh as the Giants beat Yakult at Tokyo Dome.

Lefty Hideki Okajima (2-0) picked up the win, pitching 1-1/3 innings in relief of starter Masumi Kuwata, who held the Swallows to three runs over 6-2/3 innings.

Kuwata hit an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Carp 4, BayStars 3

Pinch hitter Kojiro Machida drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth for the game-winning run as Hiroshima beat Yokohama with a sayonara victory at Fukuyama Municipal Stadium in Hiroshima.

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