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Takashi Saito struck out eight over eight shutout innings to post his first win of the season and Takahiro Saeki drove in a run as the Yokohama BayStars edged the Chunichi Dragons 1-0 in the Central League Friday.

News photoYu Darvish of the Fighters pitches against the Buffaloes in Kobe.

Saito (1-2) allowed four hits with four walks to help Yokohama snap a three game winless skid, including one tie, and won his first decision since April last season. Marc Kroon got the final three outs to pick up his 20th save.

Saeki broke a scoreless deadlock with an RBI infield single to first off lefty Luis Martinez (5-3) with two out in the ninth for the game-winner at Nagoya Dome.

Yokohama ended a six-game losing streak in games against Chunichi.

Swallows 12, Tigers 2

At Jingu Stadium, Yakult catcher Kosei Ono homered twice and drove in five runs on 3-for-4 hitting as the Swallows pounded CL leader Hanshin in a 16-hit attack.

Alex Ramirez opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the first and Yakult had six consecutive hits in the second to jump to a 7-1 lead.

Hanshin starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (10-2) lasted a season-worst 1 1/3 innings after allowing seven runs.

Ono homered in his second consecutive at-bat in the fifth to back Ryo Kawashima (9-8), who allowed one run in six innings for the win.

Giants 2, Carp 1

At Tokyo Dome, Hiroki Kokubo went 3-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run on a two-run single in the third inning as Yomiuri rallied to beat Hiroshima, which dropped a season-high 20 games below .500 after its third straight defeat.

Veteran lefty Kimiyasu Kudo (9-7) held Hiroshima to five hits and one run in seven sharp innings before handing the game over to Yuya Kubo, who posted the save with three strikeouts in the ninth.


Fighters 5, Buffaloes 3

In Kobe, Michihiro Ogasawara singled home the tying run in the sixth inning and Kuniyuki Kimoto followed with a run-scoring single as Hokkaido Nippon Ham came from behind to beat Orix.

Yu Darvish (3-3) yielded two runs in six innings but got run support, featuring a pair of solo homers by Akinori Inaba, for his first win in two months.

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