• The Associated Press


Alex Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning Thursday to lead the Seibu Lions to a 4-1 win over the Yakult Swallows in interleague play.

News photoHiroshima Carp baserunner Takuya Kimura is tagged out trying to steal second by Hawks
shortstop Munenori Kawasaki on Thursday at Hiroshima Stadium. The Hawks won 7-3.

Cabrera connected off Yakult starter Ryo Kawashima with a blast into the right field stands at Invoice Seibu Dome. It was Cabrera’s 13th homer of the season.

Seibu veteran Fumiya Nishiguchi picked up the win after holding the Swallows to six hits over six scoreless innings. Kiyoshi Toyoda retired the side in the top of the ninth for his 14th save of the season.

Seibu rookie Koji Tahara hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth for his first career homer.

“I didn’t think it had enough on it to go out,” said Tahara. “When I got back to the bench it finally sunk in that I had my first homer.”

Dragons 6, Eagles 0

At Fullcast Stadium, veteran left-hander Shigeki Noguchi tossed a three-hitter over the distance as Chunichi downed Rakuten.

Takayuki Onishi drove in a pair of runs with a single up the middle in the second inning when the Dragons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

BayStars 7, Fighters 3

At Yokohama Stadium, veteran Takuro Ishii hit a three-run homer in the second inning to power the BayStars to a win over struggling Nippon Ham.

Ishii’s homer to the right field stands helped the BayStars jump out to an early 6-0 lead against the Fighters, who lost their seventh straight game.

Yokohama starter Daisuke Miura struck out 12 and picked up the win after holding the Fighters to two runs on one hit over seven innings.

Hawks 7, Carp 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, Kenji Jojima hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as Softbank downed the Carp.

Softbank’s Tony Batista added a three-run homer in the top of the ninth as the Hawks took two out of three from the Carp.

Tigers 4, Buffaloes 0

At Osaka Dome, Shinobu Fukuhara gave up six hits for a complete-game shutout as Hanshin blanked Orix.

Atsushi Fujimoto drove in a pair of runs with a triple in the fourth inning as the Tigers moved into a tie for first place in the Central League standings with the Dragons.

Marines 10, Giants 2

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Benny Agbayani went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs to power the Pacific League-leading Marines over Yomiuri.

Lotte rookie Yasutomo Kubo picked up the win after holding the Giants to one run on six hits over eight innings.

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