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Yu Darvish pitched eight dominant innings and Shinji Takahashi drove in three runs Friday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Saitama Seibu Lions 4-2 for their third consecutive victory.

Darvish (2-1) held the Lions to two runs and three hits, striking out eight and walking two in Pacific League action at Seibu Dome. Hideaki Wakui (2-1) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Takahashi had a two-run homer and an RBI single in his first two at-bats, helping Nippon Ham build a 4-1 lead through four innings.

Hiram Bocachica homered off Darvish in the third after the first eight Seibu batters were retired. Hisashi Takeda pitched the ninth for his second save.

Marines 2, Hawks 1 (11)


Giants 5, Dragons 3

At Nagoya Dome, Lee Seung Yeop hit a pair of solo home runs as Yomiuri rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Chunichi.

Lee put the Giants ahead 4-3 in the fourth with his second home run of the night, shortly after Alex Ramirez hit a game-tying two-run homer.

Shun Tono (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings and Marc Kroon picked up his third save. Dragons hurler Kazuki Yoshimi (2-1) gave up all three homers in seven innings of work.

Swallows 6, Carp 1

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Jamie D’Antona homered twice and drove in three runs, leading Yakult over Hiroshima.

D’Antona followed a Norichika Aoki RBI double with a shot to left for a 3-0 lead in the first inning and connected again off Takahiro Aoki (0-1) in the sixth.

Masanori Ishikawa (2-1) scattered nine hits over seven innings, allowing just one run. The Carp matched the Swallows with 11 hits but stranded nine base runners.

Tigers 5, BayStars 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Hanshin held on to an early lead to beat Yokohama.

Tigers starter Yuya Ando (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. The BayStars’ Daisuke Miura (1-2) was charged with four runs in seven innings.

Hawks sign Ortiz

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Softbank Hawks on Friday announced a one-year contract with utility infielder Jose Ortiz, who has spent a total of four seasons with two other Pacific League clubs.

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