Kintetsu right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma pitched his eighth complete game win of the year as the Buffaloes edged the Orix BlueWave 2-1 at Osaka Dome on Sunday.

Iwakuma (11-5) walked two and struck out seven in his 17th outing of the season. He gave up one run, on a Takeshi Hidaka RBI single in the fourth, as Kintetsu halted Orix’s winning streak at five.

Mac Suzuki (2-5) carried a three-hitter over five innings, limiting the Buffaloes to two runs in taking the loss.

Tuffy Rhodes and Norihiro Nakamura drove in a pair of runs in the first inning for Kintetsu.

Fighters 3, Lions 1
Seigo Fujishima connected for a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh and Nippon Ham added another run in the inning with Tsutomu Ishimoto’s grounder as the Fighters downed Seibu at Tokyo Dome.

Down 1-0 in the sixth, the Kazuhiro Wada led off the inning with a game-tying solo dinger — his 17th of the year — for the Lions.

Fighters hurler Satoru Kanemura (4-5) held Seibu to one run on six hits while fanning eight batters over seven solid innings.

Closer Yoshinori Tateyama worked the ninth, striking out two for his eighth save.

Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia (5-4) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort.

Marines 7, Hawks 4
Jose Fernandez cracked a go-ahead three-run roundtripper in the seventh and Lotte added two more runs in the eighth as it beat Daiei at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Nathan Minchey (8-4) gave up four runs on six hits over 7 2/3 innings and two relievers held the Hawks scoreless the rest of the way.

Closer Masahide Kobayashi pitched the ninth and earned his 18th save — five behind PL leader Kiyoshi Toyoda of the Seibu Lions.


Tigers 5, Carp 4 (11)
Teruyoshi Kuji doubled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Hanshin edged Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium.

Tied at 4-all in the 11th, George Arias drew a walk to lead off the inning and advanced to second base on a bunt by followup Yoshinori Okihara.

Next batter Akihiro Yano was intentionally walked before Kuji, who played for Chunichi last season, smacked a double into left field off Hiroshima rookie reliever Katsuhiro Nagakawa (3-2) to bring home the “sayonara” run.

It was Hanshin’s fourth walkoff win of the season.

Hanshin closer Jeff Williams (1-1) pitched the final two innings for the win.

Down 4-2 in the fifth, Hiroshima starter Chris Brock’s RBI single cut Hanshin’s lead to one.

In the ninth, Koichi Ogata singled home a run from second to tie the game for the Carp.

Giants 9, BayStars 6
Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Roberto Petagine belted two homers each as Yomiuri beat Yokohama in an eight-homer slugfest at Yokohama Stadium.

Koji Uehara (7-3) went the distance on 159 pitches, allowing six runs on 13 hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

Trailing 4-0 in the third, Uehara connected for a solo homer — his first career dinger — before Petagine and Kiyohara slammed back-to-back home runs for a five-run burst.

Dragons 8, Swallows 1

Starter Masafumi Hirai (4-3) combined with four relievers on a three-hitter as Chunichi cruised over Yakult at Sapporo Dome.

Hirai allowed one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings and helped his own cause with a two-run squeeze bunt as Chunichi routed Yakult.

Kazuyoshi Tatsunami hit an RBI double that triggered a six-run Chunichi uprising.

Yuya Kamada (1-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits over five-plus innings in his 20th appearance of the year.

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