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Lotte left fielder Rick Short went 3-for-3 and drove home four runs to help the Marines down the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-3 at Chiba Marine Stadium on Saturday.

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Orix BlueWave hurler Hiroshi Kobayashi fields a grounder during Saturday’s game against Kintetsu.

Short doubled home three runs in the first inning and connected for a solo homer in the eighth.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi (7-10) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win, while Brian Sikorski pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his first save of the season.

Lions 7, Hawks 6 (10)

Scott McClain drilled a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th off Daiei lefty Takayuki Shinohara (1-2) as Seibu came back from a six-run deficit to beat the PL-leading Hawks at Fukuoka Dome.

Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, Shogo Akada slammed a three-run homer off Hawks rookie Tsuyoshi Wada to tie the game.

Seibu reliever Shinji Mori (6-2) pitched one inning for the win and closer Kiyoshi Toyoda pitched the 10th for his League-leading 35th save of the season.

Pedro Valdes hit two solo homers and Tadahito Iguchi belted a three-run clout to cap Daiei’s five-run fifth.

BlueWave 5, Buffaloes 3

Central League
 WonLostTiedPct.GB Tigers 79 40 1 .664 M6 Giants 63 57 2 .525 16.5 Swallows 60 56 2 .517 17.5 Carp 55 55 1 .500 19.5 Dragons 59 60 0 .496 20.0 BayStars 36 84 0 .300 43.5 Pacific League
 WonLostTiedPct.GB Hawks 71 45 3 .612 M16 Lions 68 51 1 .571 4.5 Buffaloes 65 54 2 .546 7.5 Fighters 55 60 4 .478 15.5 Marines 50 62 2 .446 19.0 BlueWave 38 75 4 .336 31.5

Ryota Aikawa solo homered in back-to-back at-bats as Orix downed Kintetsu at Yahoo BB Stadium.

Starter Hiroshi Kobayashi (4-7) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits to pick up the win.

Hisashi Ogura relieved a perfect 2 1/3 innings for his third save.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Swallows 2, Dragons 0

Yuya Kamada (5-7) combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout as Yakult blanked Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.

Alex Ramirez connected for his CL-leading 32nd homer in the fourth.

Carp 4, Giants 3

Koichi Ogata belted two solo homers and starter Hiroki Kuroda tossed eight solid innings as Hiroshima edged Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Kuroda (9-8) allowed two runs on six hits while walking two.

Rookie closer Katsuhiro Nagakawa pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Ogata, who went 3-for-4, solo homered in the second and seventh innings off Giants starter Koji Uehara (13-4) who allowed four runs on seven hits over eight innings.

BayStars 7, Tigers 4

Hitoshi Tamura pinch-hit an RBI single in Yokohama’s go-ahead three-run sixth as the BayStars beat Hanshin at Koshien Stadium.

Hanshin’s win streak at Koshien came to a halt at eight, and its magic number remained at six.

Rookie Shuichi Murata and Takahiro Saeki belted solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Masahiro Tazaki pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief for the win while ex-Dragon Eddie Gaillard worked the ninth and earned his 20th save of the season.

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