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Norihiro Akahoshi drove in three runs on a pair of singles to help make a winner of Kei Igawa, who stretched his personal winning streak against Hiroshima to four straight since last season in a 7-1 rout of the Carp at Hiroshima Stadium on Tuesday night.

News photoHanshin’s Kei Igawa fires a pitch against the Carp on Tuesday night. The Tigers won 7-1.

Akahoshi helped tie the game 1-1 with an RBI single in the second and capped a three-run fifth with a two-run single to make it 5-1 as front-running Hanshin won its third in a row.

Igawa (11-5) allowed one run — a solo blast to Shigenobu Shima in the first — and five hits with five strikeouts in his second complete game of the season to match the league lead in wins.

Kan Otake (7-9) was saddled with the loss.

BayStars 3, Giants 1 (7)

At Yokohama Stadium, Daisuke Miura got a break to win his fourth straight decision in a duel against Hisanori Takahashi as the BayStars edged Yomiuri in a game that was called due to heavy rain.

The Giants went ahead 1-0 in the first, before Hitoshi Taneda tied the game with his second homer in as many games with one out in the second inning.

Ryoji Aikawa added a run-scoring double followed by Masaaki Koike’s sacrifice fly to center the same frame. The game was called off in the top of the seventh after heavy rainfall persisted.

Miura (7-7) limited the damage to one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

Takahashi (7-7) took the loss for Yomiuri, which was handed its third straight defeat.

Dragons 3, Swallows 1

In Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Masahiko Morino hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Masahiro Yamamoto pitched six-plus strong innings as Chunichi sent Yakult to its third loss in a row.

Morino connected off Rick Guttormson (6-5) to right field with none out in the seventh to give Chunichi a 3-0 lead, before Yakult pulled one back with Alex Ramirez’s solo shot in the bottom half.

Yamamoto (7-6) allowed one run and seven hits for his first win in nearly a month.


Fighters 19, Lions 3

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Kuniyuki Kimoto and Michihiro Ogasawara drove in nine runs between them, and Fernando Seguignol and Tsutomu Ishimoto chipped in with three RBIs apiece as Hokkaido Nippon Ham clobbered the Lions.

The Fighters jumped to an 11-1 lead through the third, featuring Seguignol’s three-run drive in the opening frame and an Ogasawara three-run blast to key a four-run second.

The Fighters padded their lead with a five-run seventh, going ahead 16-3, to put the game out of reach.

Ken Kamakura (5-4) pitched two-run ball over five sharp innings for the win.

Koji Mitsui (0-2) was chased in 1 2/3 innings after allowing seven runs.

Seibu, which slipped to its third straight loss, fell 10 games below .500 for the first time in nine years.

Buffaloes 6, Eagles 5

At Sendai’s Fullcast Stadium, Masahiro Abe hit a two-run homer as Orix rallied for the lead in the fifth inning en route to sending last-place Tohoku Rakuten to its 11th straight defeat to match its season worst skid as it lost its 80th game of the season.

The Eagles went ahead 1-0 in the fourth, but Orix took a 3-1 lead in fifth followed by Karim Garcia’s solo drive off Hideki Asai (1-4) in sixth and a two-run double by Takeshi Hidaka in the seventh.

Hawks at Marines — ppd.

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