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Fumiya Nishiguchi combined with three pitchers on a shutout as the Seibu Lions beat rookie Yu Darvish and the Nippon Ham Fighters 3-0 for their second straight victory in the Pacific League on Saturday.

Jose Fernandez sparked a three-run fourth inning with an RBI single off Darvish (2-2), who pitched his first career complete game, while Hiroyuki Takagi and Yoshihito Ishii added two more runs on a single and a sacrifice fly at Sapporo Dome.

Nishiguchi (14-3) yielded nine hits but held the Fighters scoreless over 7 1/3 innings to stretch his personal winning streak dating back to June 3 to eight games, and Kiyoshi Toyoda picked up the save for getting the final three outs.

Buffaloes 4, Marines 0

Veteran former major leaguer Masato Yoshii pitched a two-hitter in seven-plus innings as Orix snapped Lotte’s five-game winning streak.

Yoshii (6-0) struck out two and walked none on his way to winning his sixth straight decision. He was backed by run support from Mitsutaka Goto, who doubled home the opening run in the second and hit a solo homer in the eighth at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Cliff Brumbaugh also homered in the eighth off Naoyuki Shimizu (7-9), who gave up 10 hits over the distance.

Hawks 10, Eagles 8

Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a game-tying two-run homer off Kevin Hodges (2-10) for his league-leading 37th home run this season and singled in another run in the sixth as Softbank batted around in the four-run frame en route to victory over Rakuten at Fullcast Stadium.

Toshiya Sugiuchi (15-2) helped the Hawks win their fourth straight and move a season-high 36 games over .500 while the Eagles dropped to their fifth straight loss. The southpaw managed to post his league-high 15 wins after giving up five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.


Tigers 13, Carp 2

In Matsuyama, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi pitched six sharp innings en route to winning his fourth straight decision as league-leading Hanshin downed Hiroshima.

Andy Sheets went 5-for-5 and drove in a team-high four runs, featuring run-scoring singles in the second and third innings and a two-run homer in the seventh, helping Hanshin win its second straight game and stay 2.5 games ahead of the second-place Chunichi Dragons.

Hanshin took a 7-0 lead through the fourth in support of Shimoyanagi (10-1), who held the Carp to a solo blast by Kenta Kurihara and allowed three hits while walking one.

Shinjiro Hiyama, who made his first appearance in the starting lineup in five games, had a two-run single in the first while Makoto Imaoka drove in three runs for the Tigers. Hiroki Kuroda (9-7) was chased in four innings after allowing seven runs.

Swallows 13, Giants 8

Adam Riggs and Akinori Iwamura each homered twice as Yakult demolished Yomiuri in a 19-hit onslaught to win its sixth in seven games while handing the Giants their third straight defeat.

Riggs hit a three-run blast and added an RBI double in the third followed by a solo shot in the fifth at Jingu Stadium. Iwamura delivered a two-run drive and three-run homer in the second and sixth, respectively, also driving in five runs.

Yomiuri rallied for four runs in the seventh and another in the eighth but the damage had already been done. Scott Mullen (5-7) lasted just two innings and gave up seven runs in taking the loss.

Dragons 8, BayStars 5

At Yokohama Stadium, Tyrone Woods homered three times and Chunichi rallied from a three-run deficit before breaking a tie in the ninth on Hirokazu Ibata’s one-out run-scoring single off Takeo Kawamura (4-4) to win its third game in a row.

Woods hit a two-run blast in the fourth, then went deep with a solo shot in the eighth and cushioned the lead with a two-run drive in the ninth after Ibata’s go-ahead single at Yokohama Stadium.

Akifumi Takahashi (2-1) got the win in relief and Hitoki Iwase picked up his 31st save as Yokohama dropped its fifth straight, including a tie.

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