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Michihiro Ogasawara went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp 7-4 Thursday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ogasawara hit a three-run home run in the first inning and singled in two runs to cap a three-run sixth that extended Yomiuri’s lead to 7-3 in Central League action at Mazda Stadium.

A two-run homer by Hiroshima right fielder Soichiro Amaya tied the game at 3-3 in the third, but Yoshiyuki Kamei delivered an RBI single off Kenta Maeda (2-3) to put the Giants ahead 4-3 in the fifth.

Satoshi Fukuda (2-0) allowed four runs, one earned, and five hits in six-plus innings. Daisuke Ochi pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

Swallows 3, Dragons 0

At Nagoya Dome, Masanori Ishikawa and Lim Chang Yong combined on a six-hit shutout as Yakult completed a three-game sweep of Chunichi.

Ishikawa (3-1) scattered five hits and three walks over 7 2/3 innings before the South Korean closer took care of the rest.

Aaron Guiel broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the sixth off Kazuki Yoshimi (2-2). Shinichi Takeuchi singled in two runs in the ninth.

Tigers 3, BayStars 2

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Eagles 4, Fighters 2

At Kleenex Stadium, Naoto Watanabe had a two-run double among his three hits as Tohoku Rakuten beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham to take sole possession of the Pacific League lead.

The Golden Eagles built a 3-0 lead on a Norihiro Nakamura RBI single in the first inning and Watanabe’s two-run double in the second.

The Fighters pulled back to 3-2 in the sixth, but Teppei Tsuchiya pushed Rakuten’s lead to two runs with an RBI grounder in the seventh.

Marines 5, Buffaloes 2 (11)

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tadahito Iguchi hit a three-run walk-off homer with no outs in the 11th inning as Chiba Lotte ended Orix’s winning streak at three games.

Iguchi homered to center off Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara (0-1) for his second walk-off home run of the season. Lotte reliever Yoshihiro Ito (1-1) worked two scoreless innings for his first career win.

Hawks 8, Lions 5

Tanaka ruled out

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was removed from the active roster Thursday with a strain in his pitching shoulder.

Tanaka, arguably the best-performing pitcher in Japanese baseball this season, will skip his next scheduled start on May 5 against the Seibu Lions.

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