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Tyrone Woods hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning and Masahiro Yamamoto picked up his 202nd career win Sunday, leading the Chunichi Dragons to a 5-1 win over the Yakult Swallows.

Dragons slugger Woods connected off Dicky Gonzalez (0-1) to put Chunichi ahead 4-1 after Lee Byung Kyu ended the team’s scoreless streak at 37 innings with a game-tying single in the fourth at Nagoya Dome.

Yamamoto (9-3) won his sixth consecutive start after throwing seven innings of one-run ball. Chunichi snapped a four-game losing streak while handing Yakult its first loss in four games.

Carp 5, Giants 3

BayStars 5, Tigers 1


Hawks 2, Fighters 1

At Yahoo Dome in Fukuoka, Nobuhiko Matsunaka broke a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Kenji Otonari pitched eight strong innings as Softbank held off Hokkaido Nippon Ham to snap its losing streak against the Fighters at three games.

Otonari (11-8) limited Nippon Ham to one run and five hits before Takahiro Mahara closed out the ninth for his fifth save. Masaru Takeda (6-5) gave up two runs over eight innings.

Lions 4, Buffaloes 1

At Seibu Dome, Toru Hosokawa went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Takayuki Kishi pitched his fourth complete game of the season, leading Seibu over Orix.

Hosokawa opened the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning and singled in another run in the sixth.

Kishi (10-4) carried a shutout into the ninth and ended up allowing just three hits. Shogo Yamamoto (8-3) took the loss.

Eagles at Marines — ppd.

Tokoha, Toin in final

NISHINOMIYA , Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Masanobu Tochigi hit a tiebreaking single and Ryuichi Maeda added a grand slam in a nine-run second inning as Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa of Shizuoka Prefecture beat Okinawa’s Urasoe Shogyo 9-4 to reach the final of the National High School Baseball Championship on Sunday.

Tokoha Gakuen, the 2007 champion of the invitational meet in the spring, reached the final of the summer championship for the first time and will meet Osaka Toin in Monday’s final at Koshien Stadium.

The Shizuoka school’s nine-run second also featured a Shingo Ito bases-clearing double.

In the day’s other semifinal game, cleanup hitter Keigo Hagihara drove in four runs with a double and a homer as Osaka Toin downed Yokohama 9-4.

Hagihara hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a five-run third inning that put Osaka Toin ahead 5-1 and capped the scoring with a two-run shot in the ninth.

Yuto Fukushima allowed four runs and struck out five in a complete-game effort. The Osaka powerhouse is looking for its first championship crown in 17 years.

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