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Masahiro Tanaka won his seventh straight start and Norihiro Nakamura hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles edged the Chunichi Dragons 3-2 on Wednesday.

Tanaka (7-0) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two in interleague play at Nagoya Dome.

Nakamura redeemed himself after making a run-scoring error in the seventh by breaking a 2-2 tie with a two-out RBI single to right off Akifumi Takahashi (1-1) in the eighth.

“Tanaka was pitching well and I’ve wanted to deliver a strong performance before Dragons fans, so I’m pleased with today’s clutch hit,” said Nakamura, who spent the past two seasons with Chunichi.

Chunichi loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth on two hits and a walk, but left-handed reliever Kanehisa Arime came on and retired the side.

Shiokawa Tatsuya drove in the first two runs of the game with a sacrifice fly in the second and a fielder’s choice grounder in the fourth.

Hawks 5, Giants 3

At Tokyo Dome, Yuichi Honda led the 13-hit attack with four hits as Fukuoka Softbank beat Yomiuri to extend its winning streak to six games.

Honda led off the third inning with a double and scored on a Munenori Kawasaki triple for a 1-0 lead. Honda also singled to start the fifth and came home on a base hit by Hiroki Kokubo as the Hawks went ahead 5-0.

D.J. Houlton (3-3) scattered three hits over six shutout innings. Seth Greisinger (5-4) was charged with five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Carp 8, Marines 3

At Mazda Stadium, Go Kida hit a tiebreaking two-run single to cap a four-run fourth inning as Hiroshima rallied to beat Chiba Lotte for its third win in a row.

Kida’s two-run single put the Carp up 4-2. Masato Akamatsu added a solo home run in the fifth off Yuki Karakawa (4-3) before Scott McClain broke open the game with a two-run single in the eighth.

Kenta Maeda (3-5) picked up his first win since April 11 after allowing two runs, both in the first, and four hits in seven innings.

Swallows 5, Buffaloes 4

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Jamie D’Antona hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and Aaron Guiel broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the sixth as Yakult beat Orix to snap a three-game losing streak.

Swallows closer Lim Chang Yong pitched the ninth to earn his Central League-leading 15th save. The Buffaloes fell a season-worst-tying eight games below .500.

BayStars 5, Fighters 4

At Sagamihara Stadium, Shuichi Murata capped a 3-for-4 night with a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning as Yokohama handed Hokkaido Nippon Ham its third straight loss.

Dan Johnson hit a three-run homer to give the BayStars a 3-0 lead in the second. Makoto Kaneko drove in three runs with a triple and a double for the Fighters.

Tigers 4, Lions 1

At Koshien Stadium, pinch hitter Shinjiro Hiyama and Kentaro Sekimoto hit back-to-back RBI singles to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in a four-run seventh inning, leading Hanshin past Seibu.

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (4-2) pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Kyuji Fujikawa picked up his fourth save after getting in and out of a no-out, two-on jam in the ninth. Kazuhisa Ishii (2-4) took the loss.

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