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Seibu hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka fanned 10 over eight innings to outpitch Daiei’s Hayato Terahara and pick up his 12th win as the Lions edged the front-running Hawks 3-1 at Fukuoka Dome on Tuesday night.

News photoMakoto Kito of the Chunichi Dragons stands on the mound after giving up a solo homer to Takuya Kimura of the Carp during Tuesday’s game at Nagoya Dome.

Matsuzaka (12-4) allowed one run on eight hits while walking two. Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the ninth for his 27th save.

Terahara (6-2) gave up three runs on four hits, including a solo homer to Hiroki Nakajima in the second, while walking five over eight-plus innings.

Fighters 7, Buffaloes 5

Kuniyuki Kimoto singled home two runs in the seventh inning as Nippon Ham downed Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.

BlueWave at Marines — ppd.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 6, BayStars 3

Rookie Hiroshi Kisanuki pitched eight solid innings while Shinnosuke Abe and Roberto Petagine each hit solo homers for Yomiuri as it beat Yokohama at Tokyo Dome.

Kisanuki (8-3) allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out nine as the Giants improved to .500.

Tatsuhiko Kinjo went 4-for-5 for the BayStars.

Carp 3, Dragons 2

Koichi Ogata nailed a two-run homer off Makoto Kito (5-6) to break a 1-1 deadlock in the third as Hiroshima edged Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.

Carp starter Chris Brock (5-6) combined with four relievers on a seven-hitter. Brock balked twice in the sixth, setting a new Japanese pro baseball record with 11 balks in one season.

Tigers at Swallows — ppd.

Tigers duo grab MVPs

Hanshin Tigers lefty Kei Igawa and infielder Makoto Imaoka received the monthly MVP awards for July to highlight a stellar season for the front-running Central League club closing in on its first league pennant in 18 years, baseball officials said Tuesday.

In the Pacific League, Daiei Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki was named the top player among pitchers and Orix BlueWave outfielder Roosevelt Brown received the accolades for position players.

Igawa became the first Hanshin Tigers player in club history to receive the award for the second straight month after posting four wins, including three in complete games, last month.

Teammate Imaoka batted .458 with 22 RBIs, seven homers and 38 hits — all league highs — to earn his first monthly honors since last April and the second of his career.

Beverlin injured

Yakult Swallows right-hander Jason Beverlin will be out of action for three weeks after an MRI revealed minor ligament damage in the elbow of his throwing arm, club officials said Tuesday.

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