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Hisao Arakane went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and Nagisa Arakaki pitched his fifth complete game in as many starts Tuesday, lifting the Daiei Hawks to a 7-2 victory over the Lotte Marines in the Pacific League.

Arakane’s second-inning double put Daiei ahead and Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a three-run drive, his 34th homer of the season, to highlight a four-run fifth that made it 6-1 at Miyagi Stadium.

Arakaki (10-4) allowed nine hits, including solo homers to Koichi Hori and Lee Seung Yeop, while striking out seven and walking two. Naoyuki Shimizu (7-10) took the loss after giving up six runs in seven innings.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (13-1) struck out 12 in eight innings of work to win his first start since having his winning streak snapped on July 20, helping Kintetsu defeat Nippon Ham.

Lions 5, BlueWave 3

At Seibu Dome, Shogo Akada drew a two-out bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Chang Chih-chia threw a complete game as the Lions went on to beat Orix to end their losing streak at three games.


Dragons 7, BayStars 2

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuki Inoue hit a home run and doubled in two runs to help pace front-running Chunichi to a victory over Yokohama.

Giants 12, Swallows 3

At Jingu Stadium, Tuffy Rhodes cracked a pair of two-run homers and Roberto Petagine and Tomohiro Nioka both hit a three-run drive as Yomiuri downed Yakult.

The CL’s ERA leader Koji Uehara (9-5) gave up three runs in the first two innings but kept the Swallows scoreless over the next six innings, helping Yomiuri move eight games over .500 for the first time this season.

Tigers 4, Carp 1

At Hiroshima Stadium, Hanshin rallied for four runs on five hits in the top of the ninth for a come-from-behind win over the Carp, who suffered their fifth straight defeat.

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