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Dragons' streak hits seven


Motonobu Tanishige hit a three-run homer and Alex Ochoa went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Hiroshima Carp 10-2 for their seventh straight victory in the Central League on Tuesday.

News photoHanshin’s Makoto Imaoka hits a tie-breaking solo homer off Yomiuri Giants starter Masumi
Kuwata at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

The CL front-runners built a 7-0 lead through three innings at Fukui Stadium, chasing Ken Takahashi (3-6) after 2 1/3 innings, and cruised to their seventh win in as many games for the first time since May 2002.

Domingo Guzman (5-2) limited the damage to a pair of solo shots by Andy Sheets over seven innings of work and two relievers held Hiroshima to a hit the rest of the way. Chunichi infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami made his 2,000th career regular-season appearance.

Tigers 8, Giants 5

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Akihiro Yano and Atsushi Fujimoto each had two RBIs to highlight an 11-hit offense as third-place Hanshin avoided a three-game losing skid with a victory over second-place Yomiuri, which stranded 11 runners.

Swallows 8, BayStars 4

At Sendai Stadium, Alex Ramirez put the visitors on the board with a three-run homer off Ken Kadokura (1-4) in the first inning and Billy Martin made it 5-2 on an RBI double in the third as Yakult went on to defeat Yokohama.


Lions 1, Buffaloes 0 (10)

At Seibu Dome, Kazuhiro Wada broke a scoreless deadlock with a bases-loaded hit in the bottom of the 10th inning giving the Lions a “sayonara” victory over Kintetsu.

BlueWave 9, Hawks 6

At Yahoo BB Stadium, pinch-hitter Manabu Satake hit an RBI triple to highlight a three-run eighth inning as Orix stopped its nine-game losing streak against Daiei, which saw its league lead cut to two games.

Marines 9, Fighters 8

At Sapporo Dome, Jun Inoue hit a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning that gave Lotte an 8-5 lead and the Marines bullpen held off a Nippon Ham rally.

Wave of protest

KOBE (Kyodo) A support group of the Orix BlueWave on Tuesday visited Yahoo BB Stadium and turned in a petition signed by 17,800 fans who are in favor of maintaining the club’s base in Kobe after the probable merger with the Kintetsu Buffaloes next season.

Taichiro Nozawa, the leader of the group, handed the petition to Orix President Takashi Koizumi and explained that he is opposed to the idea of a double-franchise system, in which the new team will split its home games between Yahoo BB Stadium and Osaka Dome.

All-Star reserves

Fukuoka Daiei Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh and Hanshin Tigers skipper Akinobu Okada named the reserve players for next month’s two-game All-Star series to complete the 56-man rosters, event organizers said Tuesday.

Pitchers Shinobu Fukuhara (Hanshin), Takaya Kawauchi (Hiroshima Carp), Koji Mise (Daiei) and Yukiya Yokoyama (Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters) will be first-time All-Stars when they join the starters picked by fan voting at the July 10-11 games at Nagoya Dome and Nagano Olympic Stadium.