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Fernando Seguignol hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Seibu Lions 4-3 on Thursday to reduce their magic number for the Pacific League title to three.

News photoCarp second baseman Akihiro Higashide (right) safely scores a run on a Kenta Kurihara sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against the Swallows at Hiroshima Stadium on Thursday. Hiroshima cruised past Tokyo Yakult 7-3.
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Hichori Morimoto was hit by a pitch and Kensuke Tanaka drew a walk to start the eighth before they scored for a 4-3 lead on Seguignol’s one-out base hit off Koji Mitsui (4-2) at Goodwill Dome.

Kazuhiro Wada hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings for Seibu, which dropped its fourth consecutive game. Hokkaido Nippon Ham scored four runs on four hits.

Takayuki Kanamori (4-0) won in relief. Micheal Nakamura picked up his 34th save.

Marines 6, Hawks 0

At Yahoo Dome, Yoshihisa Naruse threw his fourth shutout of the season and Naotaka Takehara hit a pair of solo homers for Chiba Lotte.

Naruse (16-1) won his 10th straight decision, allowing just five hits — all singles — with a walk and four strikeouts.

Takehara homered in his first two at-bats to give the Marines a 2-0 lead.

Toshiaki Imae doubled in two runs to highlight a five-run fourth that chased Tsuyoshi Wada (12-10).

Eagles 7, Buffaloes 4

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Dragons 4, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Masahiro Araki broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the fifth inning for Chunichi.

Araki drove a 1-0 pitch from Yuya Ando (2-2) just inside the left-field foul pole for his first home run of the season. Kenshin Kawakami (12-8) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

Tyrone Woods drove in an insurance run with a two-out single in the seventh. Hitoki Iwase closed out the ninth for his 42nd save.

Second-place Chunichi cut the Yomiuri Giants’ Central League lead to 1 1/2 games. Third-place Hanshin suffered its eighth consecutive loss.

Carp 7, Swallows 3

At Hiroshima Stadium, Yoshikazu Kura and Kenta Kurihara drove in five runs between them as the Carp held off Yakult.

Kura put Hiroshima ahead 2-1 with a second-inning sacrifice fly and hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth. Kurihara had two sacrifice flies.

Kuroda (12-8) allowed three runs and 11 hits in his seventh complete game of the season. Seth Greisinger (16-7), who leads the CL in wins, was charged with six runs — four earned — in four innings.

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