• The Associated Press


Catcher Kenji Jojima hit three homers Wednesday to power the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks to an 8-0 win over the Orix BlueWave at Yahoo BB Stadium.

News photoHokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pinch-hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo hops away from the plate after striking out in the seventh inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Sapporo Dome.

Jojima, who went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings and added a three-run blast in the top of the eighth off Orix reliever Tatsuo Kato for his league-leading 29th homer.

Daiei starter Nagisa Arakaki picked up the win after tossing a three-hitter over the distance while striking out five.

Lions 4, Buffaloes 1

At Seibu Dome, Kosuke Noda connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Seibu over Kintetsu.

Lions starter Chang Chi-chie picked up the win after holding the Buffaloes to one run on five hits over eight innings. Shinji Mori retired the side in the ninth for his second save.

Marines 5, Fighters 4

At Sapporo Dome, Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Koichi Hori each drove in a pair of runs to lead Lotte to past Nippon Ham.

Lotte starter Shunsuke Watanabe picked up the win after giving up one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.


Carp 6, Dragons 5

At Nagaragawa stadium in Gifu, catcher Yoshiyuki Ishihara drove in a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning with a clutch double as Hiroshima edged red-hot Chunichi.

Hiroshima starter John Bale picked up the win despite giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. With the victory, Hiroshima snapped Chunichi’s seven-game winning streak.

Tigers 6, Giants 5

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto drove in the winning run with a single to center in the bottom of the ninth to give Hanshin a walkoff victory over slumping Yomiuri.

Hanshin reliever Yuya Ando picked up the win after retiring the side in the top of the ninth.

Swallows 7, BayStars 3

At Iwate Prefectural Stadium, Akinori Iwamura hit a two-run homer and Alex Ramirez chipped in with a solo blast to lead Yakult over Yokohama.

Iwamura added a solo homer in the top of the ninth to widen the lead to 7-3.

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