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Shugo Akada, Yoshihito Ishii and Kazuhiro Wada each hit RBI doubles, helping the Seibu Lions blank the first-place Chunichi Dragons 4-0 in an interleague game Wednesday.

News photoOrix Buffaloes’ Makoto Shiozaki drives in a run on a squeeze bunt in Wednesday’s interleague
game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-4) went the distance, holding batters to six hits while striking out 11 and walking none in a 140-pitch outing at Invoice Seibu Dome. Kenta Asakura (2-2) gave up four runs in 7-1/3 innings in taking the loss.

Hawks 6, Carp 0

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Kazumi Saito (2-0) pitched a five-hitter in his first complete-game victory since August 2004 and Julio Zuleta had an RBI double to highlight a three-run sixth as Softbank shut out Hiroshima for its third win in a row.

Mitsuru Honma broke a scoreless tie with a bases-loaded, RBI groundout in a two-run fourth. Zuleta hit a solo blast in the seventh for his 12th homer of the season.

Marines 4, Tigers 1

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tomoya Satozaki homered and Hiroyuki Kobayashi (5-2) pitched seven-plus effective innings against Hanshin, leading first-place Chiba Lotte to its fourth win in a row to move 19 games above .500.

Benny Agbayani tacked on a run with an RBI single to center that made it 3-0 in the sixth and the Marines won despite being outhit 9-6. Yasuhiko Yabuta and Masahide Kobayashi combined for two hitless frames from the eighth.

BayStars 5, Eagles 3

At Fullcast Stadium in Sendai, Shuichi Murata keyed a four-run sixth with a three-run bases-clearing double as Yokohama came from behind to send last-place Rakuten to its 30th defeat this season.

Tatsuhiko Kinjo tied the score 2-2 on a run-scoring double the same frame as the BayStars went ahead 5-2.

Yokohama closer Marc Kroon marked a 159-km/h pitch, which is unofficially regarded the fastest pitch in Japan pro baseball, in the ninth inning.

Swallows 8, Fighters 7

At Jingu Stadium, Yakult blew a seven-run lead as Hokkaido Nippon Ham strung together six hits in a seven-run eighth inning but Swallows captain Atsuya Furuta delivered a game-winning solo homer off Yoshinori Tateyama (1-2) in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.

Ryota Igarashi (1-1) got the win in relief after holding batters hitless in the ninth. Akinori Iwamura drove in the opening run on an RBI single in the first and Alex Ramirez homered in the fourth. Yakult took a comfortable 6-0 lead with a four-run fifth.

Giants 4, Buffaloes 4 (12)

At Tokyo Dome, Hiroki Kokubo hit a solo home run and Ichiro Hotta singled home a game-tying run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Yomiuri and Orix played 12 innings for a 4-4 tie.

Orix starter Jeremy Powell, who seldom gets at-bat because of the Pacific League’s designated hitter system but earned one in this interleague game, hit a solo home run to break a 1-1 deadlock in the seventh inning.

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