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Benny Agbayani went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Matt Franco drove in another four runs Sunday as the Lotte Marines hammered the Yokohama BayStars 18-0 in interleague play.

News photoTakeshi Nakamura of the Rakuten Golden Eagles slides safely under the tag of Yomiuri Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe during Sunday’s game in Sendai. Rakuten won 4-1.

Agbayani singled in the opening run and Franco hit a three-run homer as the Marines took a 4-0 lead in the first at Yokohama Stadium and went on to amass 16 runs on 15 hits through the fifth.

Lee Seung Yeop also hit a two-run homer and had an RBI sacrifice fly to contribute to the Marines offense, which had 19 hits and knocked out Yokohama starter Takeharu Kato (1-3) after just three innings.

Shunsuke Watanabe (6-0), who carried a no-hitter into the fourth, pitched his second complete-game shutout this season with seven hits and three strikeouts. He became the first Pacific League pitcher to post six wins.

Tigers 4, Fighters 1

Makoto Imaoka hit a two-run homer off Shintaro Ejiri (3-2) to break a scoreless deadlock in the sixth inning and rookie southpaw Atsushi Nomi went the distance as Hanshin beat Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.

Nomi (2-1) came within three outs of his first career complete-game shutout but limited the damage to a Sherman Obando solo homer in the ninth. He struck out seven and yielded seven hits.

Dragons 8, Buffaloes 6

Motonobu Tanishige singled in the game-tying run and Chunichi capitalized on an error by shortstop Mitsutaka Goto to score the go-ahead run in a two-run eighth inning in a victory over Orix at Skymark Stadium in Kobe.

Shinya Okamoto (3-1) worked 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the win and Hitoki Iwase got the next five outs for his 10th save. Katsunari Yoshikawa (0-3) was tagged with his third loss.

Carp 10, Lions 5

Yoshinori Ogata went 4-for-5 and while Koichi Ogata belted two home runs to lead Hiroshima’s 17-hit barrage as the Carp downed Seibu at Hiroshima Stadium to snap their losing streak at four with a win over the defending Japan Series champion.

Eagles 4, Giants 1

At Fullcast Stadium, Hisashi Iwakuma (3-3) scattered eight hits and struck out eight to win his first decision since April 1 in his fourth complete game this season as Rakuten posted its first interleague victory.

Rakuten went ahead in the first on an RBI double by designated-hitter Takeshi Yamasaki off Hisanori Takahashi (0-3) and padded the lead to 3-0 in the second on a Koichi Isobe RBI groundout and an RBI single by Luis Lopez.

Hawks 12, Swallows 1

At Jingu Stadium, Julio Zuleta hit a two-run homer to lead a 15-hit attack and Tsuyoshi Wada (4-3) pitched his first complete game of the season as Softbank downed Yakult for its fifth straight victory.

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