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Kazuya Fukuura hit a two-run homer and catcher Tomoya Satozaki and Kenji Morozumi had two RBIs apiece as the Chiba Lotte Marines matched a season-high 14 hits and sent the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes to their third straight loss with a 7-4 win on Saturday.

Fukuura’s sixth shot of the season put the visitors on the scoreboard in the first inning and the Marines extended the lead to 6-1 by the end of the sixth at Osaka Dome.

Brian Sikorski (2-1) allowed one run in seven innings while Masahide Kobayashi worked the ninth for his 10th save. Tuffy Rhodes hit his league-leading 14th homer in the sixth.

BlueWave 6, Fighters 1

At Tokyo Dome, Roosevelt Brown and Scott Sheldon both hit two-run homers and had five RBIs between them to help make a winner of rookie Daisuke Kato, who pitched three-hit ball over five innings as Orix beat Nippon Ham.

Orix went up 4-0 in the first and Tatsuya Shindo’s solo home run in the eighth capped the scoring for the visitors.

Hawks 3, Lions 1

In Sapporo, Kenji Jojima went 2-for-4 while driving in a pair of runs and Daiei scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to beat Seibu.

Kazumi Saito picked up the win after giving up one unearned run over nine innings.


Tigers 1, Giants 0

At Koshien Stadium, Trey Moore pitched eight shutout innings as league-leading Hanshin edged Yomiuri in a pitcher’s duel.

Moore allowed four hits and struck out nine to improve to 7-0. He drove in the only run of the game with a single in the top of the fourth.

Swallows 5, BayStars 3

At Jingu Stadium, Atsuya Furuta drove in a pair of runs and Alex Ramirez belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning as Yakult downed Yokohama.

Yakult starter Hideki Sato gave up two runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings for the win and Shingo Takatsu retired the side in the ninth for his 10th save.

Carp 3, Dragons 1

At Nagoya Dome, Hiroki Kuroda allowed six hits in eight innings to pick up his second win since Opening Day and Tomonori Maeda hit a two-run single in the third as Hiroshima edged Chunichi.

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