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Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a two-run home run and Kenji Jojima followed with a solo blast in a four-run fifth inning as the Pacific-League leading Daiei Hawks pounded the Kintetsu Buffaloes 12-2 on Sunday.

The Hawks scored four times on five hits and an error in the second and Jojima hit his league-leading 26th homer as the visitors took an 8-0 lead in the fifth at Osaka Dome.

Fighters 6, BlueWave 2

At Tokyo Dome, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit two homers — both off Kazuya Motoyanagi (5-7) — to help make a winner of Itsuki Shoda (3-2), who allowed one unearned run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings en route to victory for Nippon Ham.

Marines 12, Lions 2

At Alpen Stadium, Dan Serafini (1-0) pitched a three-hitter over seven innings and allowed one run in his first start to post his first victory in Japan. The former Cincinnati Reds lefty struck out seven and walked two in a 117-pitch outing.


Carp 12, BayStars 10

At Hiroshima Stadium, Tomonori Maeda homered for the second straight day to ignite a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning as the Carp, who moved out of last place a day earlier, came from seven runs down to beat Yokohama.

Dragons 4, Tigers 0

At Nagoya Dome, Shigeki Noguchi (4-4) outdueled Kei Igawa (6-6) in six-plus strong innings and combined with three pitchers on a five-hit shutout over Hanshin as front-running Chunichi stretched its winning streak to six games.

Swallows 6, Giants 4

At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura, Ken Suzuki and Billy Martin all homered off rookie Masaki Hiraoka (0-1) as Yakult took a 4-0 lead through the fourth inning and secured victory over Yomiuri on a Noriyuki Shiroishi two-run homer in the sixth.

Kuroda deactivated

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Hiroshima Carp pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who has been chosen as a member of the national team for this summer’s Athens Olympics, was removed from the active roster on Sunday after complaining of discomfort in his right shoulder.

BlueWave record

The Orix BlueWave set a single-game franchise record in home attendance Sunday when 46,000 fans showed up to watch the game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Tokyo Dome.

The home stadium of the BlueWave is Yahoo BB Stadium, but the Kobe-based club held a fan event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Pacific League club at Tokyo Dome, which was the home field of the Fighters until they moved their base to Sapporo this season.

Tigers ink Myers

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) The Hanshin Tigers have acquired Triple-A Las Vegas right-hander Rodney Myers, club officials said Sunday.

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