Giants lefty Kimiyasu Kudo scattered three hits over the distance for his sixth win while infielder Masahiro Kawai recorded his career 512th sacrifice bunt to set a world record for the most sacrifice bunts by a single player as Yomiuri downed the Yokohama BayStars 3-0 at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.

Kudo (40), playing his 22nd pro year, walked two while striking out nine in going the distance on 127 pitches to become only the second pitcher in the Central League to notch a shutout victory at the age of 40 or more.

Tweny-one-year veteran Kawai (38) pinch-hit a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning to achieve the feat. The previous record of 511 was held by Eddie Collins, who played for teams including the Chicago White Sox from 1906 to 1930, at a time when there was no distinction between sacrifice bunts and sacrifice flies. Kawai’s record is for bunts only.

Chris Latham belted a two-run homer in the second and Roberto Petagine added a solo clout — his 23rd homer of the year — in the seventh.

Dragons 6, Tigers 2

Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as Chunichi beat CL-leading Hanshin at Osaka Dome, handing the Tigers their third straight loss.

Dragons lefty Masahiro Yamamoto (7-4) gave up two runs on seven hits and did not walk a batter over eight-plus innings for the win.

Tigers rookie Naohisa Sugiyama allowed five runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first appearance this season in taking the loss.

Swallows 7, Carp 5

At Hiroshima Stadium, Ken Suzuki smashed a three-run homer to cap Yakult’s go-ahead five-run seventh as the Swallows came from behind to beat Hiroshima.

Alex Ramirez belted his 27th homer of the year for a share of the CL home run lead with Tyrone Woods.


Hawks 4, BlueWave 3

Kenji Jojima’s sacrifice fly scored the game-tying run and Pedro Valdes followed with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as Daiei edged Orix at Fukuoka Dome.

Fighters 3, Buffaloes 1

Tomochika Tsuboi doubled home the go-ahead run and Angel Echevarria added an RBI single in the seventh as Nippon Ham downed Kintetsu at Sapporo Dome.

Tuffy Rhodes connected for his 40 homer of the year in the first inning.

Marines vs. Lions — ppd.

Abe out for season

Yomiuri Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe has been diagnosed with damage to his shoulder joint and will need at least six weeks to recover, club officials said Wednesday.

Abe, who underwent an MRI at a Tokyo hospital on Tuesday, will most likely be sidelined for the remainder of the season and possibly miss the Olympic qualifier to be held in late October.

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