Carlos Mirabal combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Lotte Marines 2-1 at Tokyo Dome on Friday.
Mirabal (12-6) gave up four hits — including a solo homer to Jun Inoue in the sixth — while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings.
Closer Yoshinori Tateyama pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his ninth save.
Marines hurler Hiroyuki Kobayashi (4-7) pitched the distance, holding the Fighters to two runs on seven hits while striking out 10 in a losing effort.
Tsutomu Ishimoto singled home a run and Tomochika Tsuboi connected for an RBI double in the fifth for the Fighters.
Hawks 7, BlueWave 4
Arihito Muramatsu, Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Tadahito Iguchi had two RBIs each to help PL-leading Daiei beat Orix at Fukuoka Dome.
Tied 3-3 in the sixth, Julio Zuleta smacked a solo homer off BlueWave starter Jason Phillips (2-1) and Daiei added a run in the inning with Iguchi’s grounder.
Shuji Yoshida (2-1) pitched two innings in relief for the win.
Lions 12, Buffaloes 6
Kazuhiro Wada slammed a three-run dinger in Seibu’s eight-run ninth-inning burst as the Lions downed Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.
Hiroyuki Shibata went 3-for-4 for Seibu.
Tigers 7, Dragons 1
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (7-2) gave up a run on five hits over six solid innings and three relievers held Chunichi scoreless the rest of the way as Hanshin beat the Dragons at Nagoya Dome.
It was Hanshin’s fifth win in a row, while the Dragons suffered their seventh straight loss against the Tigers.
Giants at Swallows — ppd.
Giants’ Sanada injured
Yomiuri Giants right-hander Hiroki Sanada will be removed from the active roster after complaining of pain in his right shoulder, team officials said Friday.
Sanada, who is in his second year with the Giants, has posted a 3-8 record with two saves after 30 games this season, mainly as a middle reliever.
Team officials did not say how long Sanada would be out of action but said he would undergo treatment for the stiffness in the shoulder and return as soon as possible.
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