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Pinch hitter Noriyoshi Omichi hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and Tsuyoshi Wada pitched eight-hit ball in six innings as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks came from behind to beat the Seibu Lions 8-5 at Fukuoka Dome on Monday.

News photoHiroshi Shibahara of the Daiei Hawks hits a two-run bases-loaded single to center against the Seibu Lions
Monday at Fukuoka Dome. The Hawks won 8-5.

Down by a run in the sixth, Hiroshi Shibahara tied the game for the Hawks on a double, setting the stage for an Omichi single to left.

While Seibu cut its deficit to 6-5 on Kazuhiro Wada’s solo homer in the seventh, Daiei widened its lead to 8-5 to stay on Shibahara’s two-run single to center.

Wada (11-3) struck out seven while walking three, while three relievers combined on a two-hitter the rest of the way.

Buffaloes 7, Fighters 2

At Osaka Dome, Hisashi Iwakuma scattered four hits in seven innings and Hirotoshi Kitagawa led off with a two-run homer in the fourth as Kintetsu downed Nippon Ham, extending its winning streak to three games.

Iwakuma (12-6) gave up only one run while striking out six and two relievers — Toyohiko Yoshida and Hiroshi Takamura — combined to hold off Nippon Ham batters.

It was Nippon Ham’s third straight loss as starter Itsuki Shoda (4-10) was tagged with six runs as he walked as many as five in 5 1/3 innings.

Marines 5, BlueWave 4

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Jose Fernandez smashed a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning as Lotte edged last-place Orix.

Tied at 3-3 in the fifth with a runner on third, Fernandez blasted veteran Masato Yoshii’s pitch into the center-field stands.

Lotte starter Naoyuki Shimizu (9-6) gave up three runs on seven hits over six-plus innings while striking out six and walking two. Masahide Kobayashi worked the ninth for his 19th save. Yoshii sagged to 2-7.

Arakaki off roster

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Fukuoka Daiei Hawks rookie hurler Nagisa Arakaki, who left the mound after two outs in the first inning in Saturday’s game against the Orix BlueWave due to an ankle injury, has been removed from the active roster as he was diagnosed to be suffering from a dislocated right ankle tendon, officials of the Pacific League team said Monday.

It will take about a month before he can play again, the officials said quoting a doctor’s diagnosis.

The 23-year-old right-hander, who has so far posted an 8-7 win-loss record this season, left the mound in just nine pitches as he suddenly complained of a pain in his right ankle.

“This is the first time I have suffered an injury. I hope to snap back as soon as possible,” Arakaki said in a comment issued through the league-leading team.

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