TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. – Nagisa Arakaki walked none and pitched a four-hitter in a complete game effort Tuesday to carry the front-running Daiei Hawks past the second-place Seibu Lions 4-2 and to their first victory in four games in the Pacific League.
Arakaki (9-4) limited the damage to a Shogo Akada two-run homer in the fourth inning in going the distance for the fourth time in as many starts and outdueling Chang Chih-chia (7-6) at Seibu Dome for a team-high ninth win.
Chang came within an out of a complete game but was relieved after he allowed four runs and six hits.
Hisao Arakane, who started in place of Tadahito Iguchi, hit the first game-opening leadoff homer of his four-year career and Pedro Valdes followed with a two-run drive as Daiei built a 4-0 lead through the third.
Fighters 8, Buffaloes 3
At Osaka Dome, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Fernando Seguignol hit two-run homers, both off Yasunari Takagi (1-5), with two out in the fifth inning as Nippon Ham came from three runs down to beat Kintetsu.
Shintaro Ejiri (3-0) set the pace over 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits while walking two. Masashi Date escaped a one-out, two-on jam in the ninth.
Marines 1, BlueWave 0 (11)
At Yahoo BB Stadium, Lee Seung Yeop led off the 11th inning with a homer off Kazuo Yamaguchi (2-3), breaking a scoreless deadlock in Lotte’s triumph over Orix. It was Lee’s second homer in as many games.
Dragons 6, Tigers 2
At Koshien Stadium, Kenshin Kawakami pitched seven strong innings on seven days’ rest to earn his 10th win for the most in the Central League as Chunichi defeated Hanshin.
Swallows 3, BayStars 2
At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura homered for the third straight evening with a solo shot in the first, Noriyuki Shiroishi hit an RBI double in the second and Ken Suzuki singled in a run in the third as Yakult edged Yokohama.
Giants 5, Carp 4
At Tokyo Dome, Toshihisa Nishi hit a game-tying solo shot in the eighth inning and Tuffy Rhodes followed with his 34th homer of the season one out later to lift Yomiuri over Hiroshima. Both homers were off Shigeo Tamaki (0-1).
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