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Kintetsu hurler Kevin Beirne pitched a two-hitter over the distance for his fifth win as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-1 at Osaka Dome on Sunday.

Beirne (5-6) went the distance on 147 pitches, walking five while striking out nine for the win. He gave up a solo homer to Tomoya Satozaki in the eighth.

Akihito Fujii singled home the first run of the game in the fifth. Kintetsu scored three more runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Koichi Isobe and Masahiro Abe, and an RBI single by Naoyuki Omura.

Lions 8, Fighters 1

Alex Cabrera hit his PL-leading 35th homer of the year and Kazuo Matsui went 4-for-5 as Seibu beat Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome.

Lions lefty Kazuyuki Hoashi (3-5) picked up the win, pitching seven solid innings in relief of starter Tetsuya Shiozaki.

PL batting leader Michihiro Ogasawara went 3-for-4 and homered for Nippon Ham’s sole run of the game in the eighth, raising his average to .368.

Hawks 10, BlueWave 3

Arihito Muramatsu went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two other Hawks had three hits each as PL-leading Daiei beat Orix at Yahoo BB Stadium.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 7, Dragons 1

Hideki Irabu held Chunichi to one run over seven innings for his 11th win as Hanshin beat the Dragons at Koshien Stadium, lowering its magic number to 29.

Irabu (11-3) gave up seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in his 18th appearance of the year.

Hanshin took a 3-0 lead in the first inning with three RBI singles and added two runs in the third on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, Shinjiro Hiyama belted a two-run dinger off Dragons reliever Marc Valdes.

Chunichi starter Kazuhiro Hiramatsu (1-2) took the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Swallows 4, BayStars 1

Yuya Kamada (2-4) combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as Yakult beat Yokohama at Hiratsuka Municipal Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamada gave up one run on five hits over six solid innings. Shingo Takatsu struck out two in pitching the ninth for his 21st save.

Giants 3, Carp 1

Yomiuri ace Koji Uehara (9-3) went the distance for the fourth game this season, limiting Hiroshima to four hits while fanning seven for the win as the Giants beat the Carp at Hiroshima Stadium.

Tied 1-1 in the eighth, Tomohiro Nioka — who went 3-for-4 — belted a two-run homer off Carp starter Hiroki Kuroda (5-8) for his 22nd homer of the year.

Kuroda gave up three runs on seven hits over eight innings.

Ochiai a free agent

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons right-hander Eiji Ochiai, who last weekend was asked by club officials to remain with the Central League club for a 13th year, on Sunday acquired the rights to become a free agent, baseball sources said.

Ochiai fulfilled the required nine years of service on the top-team roster in order to become a free agent after joining Chunichi as a top draft pick in 1992. He made 56 mound appearances in 1999 when Chunichi won the CL crown.

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