• The Associated Press


Julio Zuleta hit a pair of two-run homers Sunday and Nagisa Arakaki went six-plus strong innings as the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks downed the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-1.

Panama-born Zuleta gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning at Sapporo Dome and then widened the lead in the top of the ninth with his 35th homer of the season.

Arakaki struck out eight and held the Fighters for one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo drove in the only run of the game for the Fighters with a double to left off Arakaki in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Lions 4, Eagles 0

At Fullcast Stadium, Kazuyuki Hoashi pitched a complete-game shutout as Seibu blanked Tohoku Rakuten.

Hoashi, who improved to 11-5, struck out seven while giving up just three hits as the Lions completed a three-game sweep of the Eagles, who lost their sixth game in a row.

Marines 5, Buffaloes 4

At Skymark Stadium, Saburo Omura homered in the eighth to tie the game and scored the winning run in the ninth when Orix catcher Takeshi Hidaka threw wildly to first with the bases loaded in an attempt to make a double play, handing second place Chiba Lotte its third win in a row.

Yasuhiko Yabuta (6-4), the fourth pitcher for the Marines, got the win in relief and Masahide Kobayashi posted his 24th save after getting the final three outs in the ninth.


BayStars 3, Swallows 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Ken Kadokura pitched his fourth complete game of the season as Yokohama defeated Yakult.

Kadokura (8-5) retired 18 in a row after allowing a leadoff single in the first inning and gave up six hits while striking out nine and walking none. Shugo Fujii (7-7) yielded one run on five hits in seven innings but got saddled with the loss.

Tigers 7, Giants 3

At Tokyo Dome, Makoto Imaoka went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as league-leading Hanshin defeated Yomiuri.

Imaoka drove in a pair of runs with a single in the first inning when the Tigers scored five runs off the Giants starter Masumi Kuwata, who was ejected later in the first for hitting Akihiro Yano with a pitch.

Dragons 12, Carp 7

At Hiroshima Stadium, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami and Motonobu Tanishige combined to drive in eight runs between them and the Chunichi lineup erupted in a six-run ninth to put the game out of reach.

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