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Veteran left-hander Kimiyasu Kudo went eight strong innings Friday to lead the Yomiuri Giants to a 7-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp.

The 40-year-old Kudo, who improved to 3-0, gave up one run on five hits and struck out five at Hiroshima Stadium for the win.

Kudo helped his own cause at the plate with a clutch double in the fifth that drove in a pair of runs and gave the Giants a 4-1 lead.

Tuffy Rhodes and Yoshinobu Takahashi hit solo homers in the top of the eighth inning for the Giants, who have at least one home run in each of their 29 games this season.

Brian Sikorski retired the side in the ninth in a non-save appearance.

Dragons 4, Tigers 3

At Muscat Stadium, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami and Kazuki Inoue each drove in a pair of runs to lead Chunichi over Hanshin.

Tatsunami, who went 4-for-5 at the plate, drove in the fourth run with a clutch single to left in the top of the sixth.

Veteran Masahiro Yamamoto picked up the win after holding the Tigers to three runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Hanshin starter Shinobu Fukuhara was handed his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on nine hits over six innings.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Lions 3 , Fighters 0

At Seibu Dome, Tatsuya Ozeki belted a three-run homer in the third inning to power the Lions past Nippon Ham.

Koji Onuma tossed a three-hitter over the distance to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Buffaloes 3, Marines 1

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Norihiro Nakamura connected for a three-run homer in the fourth inning as Kintetsu beat Lotte.

Kintetsu starter Kevin Beirne picked up the win after holding the Marines to one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

BlueWave 4, Hawks 3

At Fukuoka Dome, Mitsutaka Goto sparked a three-run fourth inning with a double to right as Orix downed Daiei.

Trey Moore picked up the win after holding the Hawks to three runs on six hits over five innings. Kazuo Yamaguchi picked up the save.(The Associated Press)

Hamanaka deactivated

CHIBA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers outfielder Osamu Hamanaka was taken from the active roster Friday after complaining of soreness in his right shoulder, officials of the Central League club said.

Giants get Corey

The Yomiuri Giants have reached an agreement for the acquisition of Chicago Cubs minor league right-hander Bryan Corey on a one-year deal worth an estimated 30 million yen, officials of the Central League club said Friday.

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