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Nobuhiko Matsunaka homered twice and Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a solo blast among his three hits as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks extended their winning streak to three games in a 7-2 romp over the Seibu Lions on Wednesday.

Matsuda and Michael Restovich had RBI singles in the first inning before Seibu cut its deficit to one run on a Yoshihito Ishii RBI double in the second. Restovich added a run-scoring single in the third but Toru Hosokawa’s RBI double made it 3-2 in the fourth.

Matsuda went deep one inning later and Matsunaka had a solo shot for his first homer of the night before cranking a two-run drive in the ninth — both the opposite way to left field — at Seibu Dome.

Rick Guttormson (4-4) held the damage to two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Hideaki Wakui (7-7) yielded four runs — three earned — in five innings. Pacific League front-runner Seibu lost its third straight.

Marines 7, Fighters 5

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Shoitsu Omatsu’s solo homer tied the game at 3-all and a Tsuyoshi Nishioka two-run homer capped a five-run outburst as Chiba Lotte went ahead in the sixth inning en route to a win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

After Omatsu’s homer, Akira Otsuka came around from second when center fielder Hichori Morimoto misplayed a Toshiaki Imae single and Daisuke Hayakawa’s squeeze bunt made it 5-3 before Nishioka launched a Naoki Miyanishi offering to the seats in left.

Yusuke Kawasaki (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Tadahiro Ogino picked up his 11th save. Ryan Glynn (3-12) allowed six runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings. Nippon Ham suffered its third defeat in a row.

Buffaloes at Eagles — late


BayStars 9, Swallows 7

At Jingu Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo led off the game with a homer and Shuichi Murata, Larry Bigbie and Jason Furmaniak also went deep off Kyohei Muranaka (4-8) as Yokohama outslugged Tokyo Yakult to snap a four-game losing streak.

Furmaniak hit an RBI single in a five-run first inning and broke a 6-6 tie with a solo shot in the sixth, his first home run in Japan. Yokohama pushed the lead to 9-6 in the seventh on Bigbie’s RBI double and a run-scoring error by Yakult first baseman Kazuhiro Hatakeyama.

Rookie right-hander Kentaro Kuwahara (1-2) worked two scoreless innings of relief for his first career win. Hayato Terahara picked up his 11th save.

Carp 3, Dragons 2

Giants at Tigers — ppd.

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