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Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a three-hitter and Alex Cabrera had his first hit of the season since coming back from injury as the Seibu Lions blanked the Orix BlueWave 6-0 in the Pacific League on Tuesday.

News photoHiroki Kokubo of the Yomiuri Giants hits a solo homer off Chunichi Dragons starter Domingo
Guzman in Sapporo on Tuesday. The Dragons won 4-2 to take the Central League lead.

In his first start in about a month, Matsuzaka (5-5) struck out four and walked one at Seibu Dome en route to his third complete-game shutout this season and first win since May 17.

The right-hander got run support from early on. Tatsuya Ozeki and Kazuhiro Wada homered in a five-run first inning before Jose Fernandez extended the Lions’ lead with an RBI single in the second.

Cabrera, who returned to the lineup Monday after breaking his right forearm in a preseason game in March, went 1-for-3 with a single off Jason Philips (2-5) in the second inning for his first hit of the regular season.

Hawks 3, Fighters 2 (10)

At Fukuoka Dome, pinch-hitter Hisao Arakane doubled home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a dramatic rally for PL leader Daiei after Nippon Ham went ahead on a Fernando Seguignol double in the top half.

Arakane’s line-drive down the left-field line off closer Yukiya Yokoyama (2-3) scored runners from first and third. The Hawks’ victory came after they had their 11-game winning streak snapped on Monday.

Buffaloes 11, Marines 8

At Osaka Dome, Hirotoshi Kitagawa doubled home the go-ahead run as Kintetsu broke an 8-8 tie with a three-run eighth inning to hold off Orix for its third straight victory.

Dragons pass Giants

SAPPORO (Kyodo) Kosuke Fukudome hit a bases-clearing triple in a four-run third inning and the Chunichi Dragons held off the Yomiuri Giants for a 4-2 victory to take over first place in the Central League on Tuesday.

Tigers 8, Carp 7

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin reliever Ramon Morel gave up the tying run on a run-scoring single to Takahiro Arai in the seventh but Makoto Imaoka hit back with a go-ahead double off Koichi Amano (2-2) the following inning, lifting the Tigers over the Carp.

George Arias, who returned after a two-week injury layoff, was held hitless in four at-bats.

Swallows 6, BayStars 2

At Jingu Stadium, Ken Suzuki, Atsuya Furuta and Billy Martin hit three consecutive homers off Yuji Yoshimi (5-2) to drive in four runs in the fourth, and Jason Beverlin (7-3) allowed two runs in seven innings, leading Yakult to its second victory in four games.

Tigers pair for Athens

OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers pitcher Yuya Ando and infielder Atsushi Fujimoto have been selected to the Japan national team that will compete at this summer’s Athens Olympics, baseball sources said Tuesday.

Right-hander Ando, 27, has been a regular on the national team and helped Japan qualify for Athens in last year’s Asian qualifiers in Sapporo while Fujimoto has been picked to make up for a lack of depth at second base and shortstop.

Hanshin eyes Hodges

OSAKA (Kyodo) The Hanshin Tigers are poised to acquire right-hander Trey Hodges from the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate, an official of the reigning Central League champion said Tuesday.

Hodges, who played for the Richmond Braves, is the brother of former Yakult Swallows pitcher Kevin, who recorded a league high 17 wins with Yakult in 2002.

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