• The Associated Press


Kenshin Kawakami scattered four hits in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Chunichi Dragons edged the Yomiuri Giants 2-1 at Nagoya Dome.

News photoTomoaki Kanemoto of the Hanshin Tigers hits solo homer off Yakult Swallows starter Ryo
Kawashima in the sixth inning Wednesday at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
The Tigers won 2-1.

Kawakami struck out seven Yomiuri batters and issued only two walks to pick up his first win in over a month.

“I haven’t won in a while and hopefully this will give our team a boost,” said Kawakami. “I wanted to go all the way but I have a lot of faith in Iwase.”

Kosuke Fukudome drove in the winning run with a clutch triple to the gap in left-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hitoki Iwase worked the final 1 1/3 innings for the save, his 21st of the season.

Koji Uehara took the loss for the Giants after giving up two runs on seven hits over seven innings.

With the win, the Dragons snapped a three-game losing streak.

Tigers 2, Swallows 1

At Koshien Stadium, Shinobu Fukuhara gave up one run on seven hits over seven strong innings as Central League-leading Hanshin edged Yakult.

Shane Spencer drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a solo homer in the sixth for the Tigers, who won their third straight and hold a 6 1/2-game lead over Chunichi in the standings.

Jeff Williams worked a scoreless eighth and Tomoyuki Kubota retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.

Carp 5, BayStars 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, pinch-hitter Masafumi Suenaga singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Carp to a walkoff victory over Yokohama.

Katsuhiro Nagakawa recorded the final out in the top of the ninth for the win.


Hawks 14, Eagles 3

In Fukuoka, Kenji Jojima went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as front-running Softbank demolished Tohoku Rakuten for its 15th straight win.

Julio Zuleta, who also drove in three runs, hit a two-run homer in the first inning at Yahoo Dome as the Hawks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before scoring eight more runs in the bottom of the third.

Kazumi Saito picked up the win after giving up two runs on six hits over seven innings. Rakuten starter Hiroshi Takemura was rocked for nine runs on eight hits over two innings.

Marines 6, Fighters 3 (10)

At Tokyo Dome, Lee Seung-yeop hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth and Benny Agbayani drove in a pair of runs in the top of the 10th as Chiba Lotte rallied to beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

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