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Yuki Karakawa pitched one-run ball over seven innings to set the pace as the Chiba Lotte Marines snapped a six-game losing skid in a 7-1 rout of the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles in the Pacific League on Wednesday.

Karakawa (1-1) scattered nine hits, striking out six and walking one and two relievers held Rakuten hitless the rest of the way at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Lotte took a 3-1 lead through the third and Tadahito Iguchi, who tripled in the second, added a two-run double in the fifth against Hideki Asai (0-2).

Fighters 11, Buffaloes 5

Lions at Hawks — late

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 6, Swallows 2

At Jingu Stadium, Takahiro Suzuki and Takuya Kimura had back-to-back singles to drive in three runs in the sixth inning, lifting Yomiuri past Tokyo Yakult.

Suzuki’s two-run single broke a 2-2 tie for Yomiuri, which is undefeated in its last eighth games, including two ties.

Seth Greisinger (2-1) limited the damage to two runs in seven effective innings, striking out four with no walks. Masao Kida (1-1) yielded five runs in six innings of the loss.

Carp 3, BayStars 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Go Kida had a tiebreaking double with two out in the sixth inning and the Hiroshima bullpen held off Yokohama. Yokohama took a 2-1 lead through the fourth before a Masato Akamatsu sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth. Tomohiro Umetsu (1-0) won in relief and Katsuhiro Nagakawa picked up his fourth save. Tom Mastny (0-1) was charged with the loss in his Japan debut.

Dragons 9, Tigers 2

At Koshien Stadium, Chunichi broke open the game taking advantage of Hanshin’s sloppy defense in a five-run seventh inning, featuring Masahiko Morino’s bases-clearing triple.

Kenta Asakura (1-0) yielded two runs on six hits in six innings. Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (1-1) was charged with seven runs, five earned, in 6-1/3 innings for Hanshin, which is winless in its last four games, including one tie.

Kazuhiro Wada hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

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