Rookie Tsuyoshi Wada tossed six-hit ball over the distance while striking out nine batters en route to his eighth win as the Pacific League-leading Daiei Hawks defeated the Seibu Lions 13-3 at Fukuoka Dome on Friday.

Wada (8-2) went the distance on 166 pitches and walked seven. He gave up a three-run dinger to Kazuhiro Wada in the eighth inning.

Munenori Kawasaki went 5-for-5 and Tadahito Iguchi had two hits and five RBIs, the latter connecting for a grand slam in the second inning off Seibu starter Chang Chih-Chia (5-3).


Carp 6, Swallows 3

Lefty Ken Takahashi fanned 11 batters over the distance, holding Yakult to two earned runs on six hits to stay unbeaten for his eighth win as Hiroshima downed the Swallows at Hiroshima Stadium.

Takuya Kimura and Andy Sheets had three hits each while Jun Hirose drove home four runs for the Carp.

Dragons 8, Giants 3

Masafumi Hirai (3-3) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter for the win as Chunichi beat Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome.

Giants rookie Yuya Kubo (3-3) struck out nine batters — seven straight at one point — while giving up four runs on six hits over five innings in a losing effort.

Tigers 11, BayStars 5

Hideki Irabu (9-2) held Yokohama to two runs over five innings and five Tigers homered as Hanshin beat the BayStars at Yokohama Stadium for its 14th win in a row against the CL cellar-dwellers.

Brock fined for yelling

The Associated Press

Hiroshima Carp pitcher Chris Brock was handed a 500,000 yen fine by the Central League on Friday for an outburst during his team’s 7-4 win Thursday over the Hanshin Tigers.

Brock yelled at home plate umpire Masaharu Kasahara after giving up a run-scoring triple to Hanshin’s Atsushi Fujimoto in the sixth inning at Osaka Dome.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who was upset with Kasahara’s judgment on balls and strikes, was immediately ejected from the game.

Nagashima’s road trip

ATHENS (Kyodo) Japanese national baseball team manager Shigeo Nagashima and his entourage arrived in Athens on Thursday to tour an Olympic baseball stadium under construction and related facilities.

Nagashima, who arrived in the capital after visiting Italy to look for a potential Olympic training site, is expected to go to the stadium later in the day.

Gaillard off roster

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons hurler Eddie Gaillard was taken off the active roster on Friday after hurting his right middle finger, club officials said.

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