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Pedro Valdes and Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit back-to-back homers in the top of the eighth inning Saturday to power the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks to a 5-1 victory over the Orix BlueWave.

News photo Fukuoka Daiei starter Nagisa Arakaki delivers a pitch during Saturday’s game against Orix at Yahoo BB Stadium. Arakaki got the victory as the Hawks won 5-1.

Valdes connected for a two-run homer off Orix reliever Tatsuo Kato at Kobe’s Yahoo BB Stadium and Matsunaka followed with a solo homer as the Hawks scored three runs to take a 5-1 lead.

Nagisa Arakaki (4-3) picked up the win after giving up one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Akichika Yamada went the rest of the way for the save.

With the victory, Daiei won its third straight and pulled within a half game of the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League standings.

Kazuya Motoyanagi (3-5) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Fighters 4, Lions 1

At Hakodate Municipal Stadium, Satoru Kanemura scattered six hits over seven innings while striking out seven and giving up one run as Hokkaido Nippon Ham downed Seibu.

Kanemura improved to 6-3. Yukiya Yokoyama retired the side in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Angel Echevarria drove in a run with a double in the first inning as the Fighters jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Shinji Takahashi hit a solo homer in the fifth inning off Seibu starter Koji Onuma.

Onuma (3-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on five hits over seven innings.

Buffaloes 4, Marines 3 (11)

In Matsuyama, designated hitter Osamu Hoshino drove in the winning run with a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th to lift Kintetsu to a ‘sayonara’ victory over Chiba Lotte.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Carp 4, Swallows 1

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Greg LaRocca hit two home runs Saturday to lead Hiroshima over Yakult.

LaRocca, formerly of the Cleveland Indians, connected for a solo homer in the fourth inning off Yakult starter Jason Beverlin and then added a three-run blast in the eighth.

Hiroshima starter John Bale picked up the win after holding the Swallows to one run on three hits over eight innings.

Giants 6, BayStars 1

At Tokyo Dome, Takayuki Shimizu hit a pair of solo homers and Yoshinobu Takahashi added a two-run blast to power Yomiuri past Yokohama.

Koji Uehara struck out seven and picked up the win after tossing a one-hitter over six scoreless innings.

Dragons 3, Tigers 2

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami drove in a pair of runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh to lead Central League-leading Chunichi to a win over Hanshin.

Chunichi starter Shigeki Noguchi held the Tigers to one run on six hits over five innings.

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