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Dragons hammer playoff-chasing Giants

Kyodo

Shinnosuke Ogasawara allowed two runs over the distance, while his Dragons teammates had a field day as Chunichi knocked the Yomiuri Giants out of third place on Tuesday, winning 10-2.

Ogasawara (5-6) scattered seven hits and four walks in a 151-pitch effort. The lefty struck out six.

Giants starter Mitsuo Yoshikawa (1-3) faced just 19 batters before getting an early shower. The lefty was torched for eight runs on five hits and five walks over three-plus innings.

Yusuke Matsui led the Dragons rampage, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs for Chunichi, which is currently mired in fifth place.

Chunichi pounded out 12 hits in the rout.

Yomiuri fell a half-game back of the third-place Yokohama BayStars, who were idle.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Eagles 6, Fighters 0

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Taishi Nakagawa and Japhet Amador each drove in two runs for the hosts.

Marines 6, Lions 3

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