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Takeya Nakamura hit a grand slam and John Wasdin picked up his first win back in Japan as the Saitama Seibu Lions rallied to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-3 on Tuesday at Seibu Dome.

Nakamura’s Pacific League-leading 18th homer came with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning off Masanori Ishikawa (6-3), breaking open a one-run game.

Wasdin (1-2), in his first season in Japan since 2002, allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Takumi Kuriyama hit a two-run homer to put the Lions ahead 3-2 in the third.

Hawks 7, BayStars 3

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, D.J. Houlton limited the damage to three runs on a pair of homers by Takahiro Saeki in six-plus innings and got plenty of run support as Fukuoka Softbank thumped Yokohama in interleague play.

The Hawks won their third in a row and ninth in 10 games. Houlton (4-3) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two. Tom Mastny (0-2) took the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Nobuhiko Matsunaka had a tying single and Hitoshi Tamura, who was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, capped off the four-run frame with a two-run drive.

The BayStars narrowed it to 5-3, but Matsunaka added a two-run double with two out in the seventh.

Tamura, who singled in the second and doubled in the sixth, walked angrily toward the mound after he was hit by Hiroki Sanada’s pitch in the seventh, causing the benches to clear briefly.

Saeki hit a solo homer and two-run drive for Yokohama.

Carp 2, Fighters 1

At Sapporo Dome, Kenta Maeda struck out eighth over eight shutout innings against Hokkaido Nippon Ham, leading Hiroshima to seven consecutive wins for the first time in eight years.

Takahiro Iwamoto and Yoshiyuki Ishihara had back-to-back RBI hits off Keisaku Itokazu (0-2) with two out in the fifth.

Maeda (4-5) allowed three hits, two singles and a double, and walked none. Katsuhiro Nagakawa gave up a run on an Atsunori Inaba RBI single in the ninth but picked up his 17th save.

Eagles 3, Tigers 2

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Kenshi Kawaguchi and Masato Nakamura delivered RBI singles to turn the game around in the fourth inning as Tohoku Rakuten edged Hanshin to snap a three-game losing streak.

Darrell Rasner (3-3) pitched seven innings of two-run ball for the win, while Yasutomo Kubo (1-3) was charged with three runs in four innings.

The Tigers’ Kentaro Sekimoto hit a two-run double in the fourth.

Dragons 7, Buffaloes 5

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Tony Blanco hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for his second blast of the night against Orix to help Chunichi avoid a three-game losing streak.

Blanco had a leadoff shot in the second and Kazuhiro Wada hit his own solo drive to make it a two-run ballgame in the seventh after the Buffaloes took a 5-2 lead through the fourth.

Masahiko Morino’s two-run single tied the game 5-5 in the eighth before Blanco rendered the fatal blow.

Masato Kobayashi (2-0) won in relief. Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara (0-2) was charged with the loss.

Marines 0, Giants 0 (12)

Wada off roster

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Fukuoka Softbank Hawks left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was removed from the active roster Tuesday because of inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Wada complained of discomfort and fatigue in the elbow after throwing 4 1/3 shaky innings against the Yomiuri Giants on May 28.

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