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Kazuhiro Wada went 4-for-4, homering in consecutive at-bats, while driving home six runs for the Lions as Seibu downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 8-3 at Seibu Dome on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

Seibu ace Daisuke Matsuzaka (11-4) went the distance on 114 pitches, walking none while striking out three. He gave up a solo homer to Tomoya Satozaki in the eighth — eight hits all together — for his first win since June 22.

Down 1-0 in the first inning, Seibu scored three runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by Wada and Alex Cabrera.

Wada belted a two-run homer to cap a three-run second inning, then led off the fourth inning with a solo homer — his 21st dinger of the year. He added a run with an RBI double in the sixth.

Marines lefty Koji Takagi (1-6) had a shaky outing, pitching to four batters and giving up three runs before being pulled for a reliever without getting any out.

Lotte suffered its third loss in a row and fifth straight against Seibu.

Hawks 4, Buffaloes 3

Julio Zuleta singled home Pedro Valdes with two out in the eighth for the go-ahead run as Daiei beat Kintetsu at Fukuoka Dome.

With the Hawks leading 3-0 in the eighth, the Buffaloes scored three runs with a sacrifice fly by Naoyuki Omura and two consecutive RBI singles by Osamu Hoshino and Tuffy Rhodes to tie the game.

In the bottom of the frame with two out, Valdes connected for a double before Zuleta followed with a single to bring him home.

Daiei hurler Kazumi Saito (14-2) notched his PL-leading 14th win, giving up three runs on six hits while fanning 12 batters.

Fighters 10, BlueWave 9

Michihiro Ogasawara and Angel Echevarria had three RBIs each and both homered to help Nippon Ham beat Orix at Yahoo BB Stadium.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 3, BayStars 2

Tomoaki Kanemoto had three hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning as Hanshin edged Yokohama at Koshien Stadium.

Dragons 9, Giants 5

Takayuki Onishi went 3-for-4 — including a solo homer — with three RBIs and connected for an RBI single to spark Chunichi’s go-ahead four-run sixth as the Dragons came from behind to beat Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Shigeki Noguchi (7-6) pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Swallows 5, Carp 5 (12)

Takuya Kimura singled home a run and Koichi Ogata hit two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game for Hiroshima, and both teams failed to score a run the rest of the way as the game ended a tie after 12 innings at Saga Prefectural Stadium.

Cabrera signs deal

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. (Kyodo) Seibu Lions slugger Alex Cabrera has signed a two-year deal with the Pacific League club worth an estimated 400 million yen annual salary plus incentives, club officials said Wednesday.

Cabrera will receive up to 100 million yen in incentives and Seibu will reserve the right to negotiate another contract for the infielder for the 2006 season.

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