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Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed four-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers held Nippon Ham scoreless the rest of the way as the Seibu Lions downed the Fighters 1-0 at Sapporo Dome on Friday for their sixth straight win.

Matsuzaka (15-4) walked three and struck out eight batters for the win.

Closer Kiyoshi Toyoda struck out two in pitching the ninth to earn his 31st save.

The Lions scored the sole run of the game in the seventh inning. With one out and a runner on second, catcher Tsutomu Ito cracked an RBI single off Fighters starter Satoru Kanemura (8-6). Buffaloes 6, BlueWave 5

Naoyuki Omura and Eiji Mizoguchi had two RBIs each to lead Kintetsu to a come-from-behind victory over Orix at Osaka Dome.

Katsuhiko Maekawa (3-2) picked up the win, giving up three hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Hawks 5, Marines 2

Nobuhiko Matsunaka connected for a go-ahead two-run double in Daiei’s four-run sixth as the Hawks came from behind to down Lotte at Fukuoka Dome.

Hawks hurler Hayato Terahara (7-3) gave up two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings for his first win since June 15. CENTRAL LEAGUE Carp 1, Dragons 0

Tom Davey combined with rookie closer Katsuhiro Nagakawa on a three-hitter as Hiroshima edged Chunichi in a tight pitching duel at Nagoya Dome.

Davey (3-0) scattered three hits over eight innings, walking two while striking out six. Nagakawa pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save. BayStars 10, Tigers 4

Yokohama took advantage of a shaky outing by Hanshin lefty Kei Igawa, scoring seven runs in the first two innings as the BayStars put a halt to their losing streak at four with a win over the CL-leaders at Yokohama Stadium.

Igawa (15-5) was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits — including a three-run dinger to rookie Shuichi Murata in the first — over two innings.

The Tigers lost their season worst fifth straight game. Giants 9, Swallows 1

Koji Uehara won his sixth straight complete-game decision as the Yomiuri ace led his team to a victory over Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Uehara (12-3) gave up 11 hits — including a solo homer to Ken Suzuki in the ninth — and walked none as the Giants won their fifth in a row.

BayStars release Holt

Kyodo News The Yokohama BayStars on Friday released right-hander Chris Holt and placed the 31-year-old former Detroit Tigers pitcher on the waivers list of the Central League, club officials said.

Holt went 5-14 this season with a 4.55 ERA in 24 games. The BayStars were in the bottom of the CL standings and 20.5 games behind the front-running Hanshin Tigers as of Thursday.

Tohoku reaches final

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Takayuki Yokota hit a solo homer for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a 3-for-4 day as Tohoku High School of Miyagi Prefecture went on to beat Shimane Prefecture’s Gonokawa High School 6-1 in the semifinals of the national high school baseball tournament Friday.

With one out and the game tied 1-1, Yokota sent Yutaka Kinoshita’s first pitch into the left-field stands before Kosuke Sato led off the following inning with another homer to secure Tohoku a spot in the final of the summer tournament for the first time ever.

In the day’s other game, Shota Inoue hit a tie-breaking triple to deep right field in the fourth inning as Joso Gakuin of Ibaraki Prefecture produced 10 hits and defeated Kiryu Daiichi of Gunma Prefecture 6-2 to advance to the final for the first time since winning the championship in 1987.

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