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Chunichi Dragons right-hander Kenshin Kawakami carried a perfect game into the eighth inning in pitching a one-hitter, ending the Chiba Lotte Marines’ winning streak after three games in a 7-1 interleague victory on Friday.

News photoNorichika Aoki of the Swallows slides home to score on a
double by Akinori Iwamura ahead of the tag of Buffaloes
catcher Fumihiro Suzuki in the third inning of Friday’s game at
Jingu Stadium. Yakult beat Orix 3-1.

Kawakami, who threw a no-hitter at Tokyo Dome in August 2002, retired all 23 hitters he faced before he gave up a homer to Lee Seung Yeop — his third in as many nights — with two out in the eighth at Chiba Marine Stadium for the Pacific League leaders’ only hit.

Kawakami (4-2) struck out 10 and walked none in an 89-pitch complete game, picking up his first win since April 29. He became the second player in Japanese baseball history after Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Seibu Lions in April 2004 to strike out each player in the lineup.

Kazuki Inoue drove in three runs on a solo homer, RBI sacrifice fly and run-scoring double — all off Naoyuki Shimizu.

Hawks 16, Tigers 7

At Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a pair of two-run homers for Nos. 16 and 17 off Yuya Ando (2-3) and Jolbert Cabrera ignited an eight-run rally with an RBI double in the sixth inning as Softbank outslugged Hanshin.

Swallows 3, Buffaloes 1

At Jingu Stadium, Norichika Aoki hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Kevin Beirne (1-5) for the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Yuichi Matsumoto singled in the insurance run in the sixth, lifting Yakult over Orix.

Lions 3, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Fumiya Nishiguchi (6-2) pitched six strong innings and turned the game around with a go-ahead single in the top of the sixth, carrying Seibu past Yokohama.

Giants 3, Fighters 2 (10)

At Tokyo Dome, Tuffy Rhodes homered off Yoshinori Tateyama (1-3) with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as Yomiuri posted its first “sayonara” victory this season.

Carp 6, Eagles 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, Koichi Ogata hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Greg Larocca followed with an RBI single off Kazuo Fukumori (1-2) as Hiroshima came from four runs down to beat Rakuten.

S. Korean slugfest

MIYAZAKI (AP) Outfielder Youn Kyung Heum went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs Friday to lead South Korea to a 20-2 win over Thailand in the Asian Championship.

Host Japan defeated the Philippines 7-0 on Thursday and will face China on Saturday.

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