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Tadaharu Sakai drove in three runs Thursday and the Rakuten Golden Eagles erupted for nine runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way to a 15-3 win over the Chunichi Dragons and a three-game sweep of the defending Central League champions.

News photoFernando Seguignol of the Fighters watches the ball sail after hitting a two-run home run in
the sixth inning against the Carp on Thursday at Hiroshima Stadium.

Sakai had a double and a single in the sixth when the Eagles batted around at Nagoya Dome, knocking Chunichi starter Masahiro Yamamoto out of the game.

Hideki Asai picked up the win after holding the Dragons to three runs on four hits over six innings as the expansion Eagles won three straight for the first time.

The struggling Dragons, who have lost five straight games, dropped to 4-14 in interleague play.

Tigers 10, Buffaloes 0

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and Makoto Imaoka hit a three-run homer in the third inning as Central League-leading Hanshin cruised to a win over Orix.

Kanemoto, who homered five times in the last five games, hit a bases-clearing double and a two-run single.

Tigers starter Shinobu Fukuhara tossed a three-hitter over the distance to pick up the complete-game shutout.

BayStars 5, Hawks 4

At Yokohama Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo drove in a pair of runs in the third inning when Yokohama scored three runs on its way to a 5-4 win over Softbank.

Ryotaro Doi held the Hawks to two runs on eight over his 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first career win.

Tony Batista hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and added a two-run shot in the eighth but the BayStars closer Marc Kroon recorded the final two outs in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Junji Hoshino (5-2) was chased after 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, including Hitoshi Tamura’s CL-high 15th homer that broke a 1-1 tie in the second.

Marines 10, Giants 9

At Tokyo Dome, Kazuya Fukuura went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs as Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte downed Yomiuri to complete a three-game sweep of the last-place team.

The Marines rookie Yasutomo Kubo picked up the win despite giving up seven hits on eight hits over six innings. Masahide Kobayashi gave up a two-run homer to Tomohiro Nioka in the ninth but retired the side to nail down the win and pick up his 15th save of the season.

Chiba Lotte won its fifth straight game and opened up a five-game lead over the Softbank Hawks in the Pacific League standings.

Hiroki Kokubo, Tuffy Rhodes and Takayuki Shimizu hit homers for the Giants, who lost their fourth in a row.

Swallows 7, Lions 2

At Jingu Stadium, Ryuji Miyade and Katsuyuki Dobashi drove in three runs apiece as Yakult downed Seibu.

Ryo Kawashima earned the victory after holding the to five hits over eight scoreless innings.

Masahiro Yoshikawa, who relieved Kawashima, the 2004 CL Rookie of the Year, allowed a two-run homer to Kazuhiro Wada in the ninth.

Fighters 5, Carp 3

At Hiroshima Stadium, Fernando Seguignol drove in three runs and Tsuyoshi Shinjo had two RBIs as Hokkaido Nippon Ham edged Hiroshima.

Satoru Kanemura held the Carp to three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings for the win.

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