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Munenori Kawasaki delivered a two-run homer and Pedro Valdes, Julio Zuleta and Mitsuru Homma each had an RBI as the front-running Daiei Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-2 in the Pacific League on Friday.

News photoChiba — Fans in the stands hold placards that read “against merger” prior to Friday’s game between the Lotte Marines and
the Seibu Lions at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Homma led off with a triple in the third followed by Kawasaki’s shot over the right-field wall, helping to make a winner of Kazumi Saito (7-4), who went seven innings on a two-hitter with three walks and four strikeouts at Fukuoka Dome.

Leading 3-0 in the seventh, Valdes hit an RBI double to highlight a two-run frame before the Fighters pulled within three in the top of the eighth. Koji Mise picked up his 18th save.

Buffaloes 7, BlueWave 2

Hiroaki Onishi connected for a three-run homer off Trey Moore (6-6) and eight of Kintetsu’s starting nine recorded at least one hit in a 23-hit slugfest at Yahoo BB Stadium.

Tetsuro Kawajiri (4-6) pitched two-run ball on eight hits in six innings for his first win since May 2. Orix lost its fifth straight and fell a season-worst 20 games below .500. Koichi Isobe and Naoyuki Omura both chipped in with RBI singles for Kintetsu.

Lions 11, Marines 2

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Alex Cabrera, Jose Fernandez and Hiroyuki Nakajima drove in seven runs between them on three homers to overpower Lotte in a 13-hit onslaught, ending the Marines’ winning streak at four games.

Fumiya Nishiguchi (9-4) struck out seven, allowing four hits with as many walks in five innings and yielded a two-run homer to Matt Franco in the second. Dan Serafini (3-2) took the loss for allowing nine runs in 5 1/3 innings.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 8, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Takayuki Shimizu, Shinnosuke Abe and Roberto Petagine each homered as Yomiuri romped to a win over Hanshin for its fourth straight victory.

Shimizu opened the scoring with a solo shot in the first inning and Abe also connected off Trey Hodges (1-2) with a third-inning homer that made it 2-0. Abe drove home three runs on a 2-for-4 night.

Swallows 5, Dragons 1

At Nagoya Dome, rookie Ryo Kawashima (7-4) set the pace on one-run ball over seven strong innings and Noriyuki Shiroishi, Atsunori Inaba and Shinya Miyamoto drove in a run apiece in a three-run sixth as Yakult won its sixth straight with a win over Chunichi.

BayStars 10, Carp 6

At Hiroshima Stadium, Tyrone Woods hit a game-tying solo homer in the eighth before pinch-hitter Takanori Suzuki singled home the go-ahead run off Kan Otake (4-4) as Yokohama came from behind to beat Hiroshima.

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