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LEAD: Baseball: Shimizu lifts Lotte over Chunichi in interleague game.

NAGOYA, June 10 Kyodo

(EDS: ADDING MORE GAMES)

Naoyuki Shimizu took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Lotte Marines offense backed him with 10 hits as the Pacific League leaders beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-2 in interleague play Friday.

Saburo Omura hit a two-run triple to put the Marines on the board in the third before a squeeze bunt by Toshiaki Imae and a Benny Agbayani RBI single helped increase the lead to 5-0 at Nagoya Dome.

Shimizu (6-4) retired the first 20 batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in the seventh.

The right-hander then had a shutout bid snapped on a Masahiro Araki single in a two-run eighth. He allowed five hits and struck out 11 while walking none in his fifth complete game of the season.

Luis Martinez (1-1) took the loss after yielding five runs, two unearned, and seven hits in eight innings.

Lotte move a season-high 26 games over .500.

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Tigers 5, Fighters 4, 10 innings

Tomoaki Kanemoto drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning with his second homer of the night, giving Central League front-runner Hanshin a ''sayonara'' victory over Nippon Ham for its fourth win in as many games.

Kanemoto drove the first pitch from Yukiya Yokoyama (1-1) -- a 140-kph fastball -- over the center-field wall of Koshien Stadium after Nippon Ham wasted a scoring opportunity with one out and a runner on third in the top of the 10th.

Kanemoto, who also hit a two-run homer in the first, became only the fourth player in Japanese baseball to homer against all 12 teams.

Jeff Williams (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win as Hanshin kept its place atop the CL standings.

Nippon Ham lost its eighth straight and has been winless in its last 12 games, including two ties.

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Giants 5, Lions 3

At Tokyo Dome, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Shinnosuke Abe hit back-to-back solo homers off Koji Onuma (3-5) as Yomiuri took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and went on for a victory over Seibu.

Tuffy Rhodes homered in the seventh and Daisuke Motoki followed with a two-run single to make it 5-1. Scott Mullen (2-2) limited Yokohama to a run in six innings and Hiroshi Kisanuki got the save.

Kiyohara moved into a tie for sixth on the all-time home run list with his 504th career homer. Sadaharu Oh leads the list with 868.

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Buffaloes 5, BayStars 1

Former major leaguer Masato Yoshii pitched six effective innings to win its third straight decision as Orix snapped its three-game losing skid while ending Yokohama's winning streak at five.

Forty-year-old right-hander Yoshii (3-0) held Yokohama to a run on four hits and got run support with a first-inning RBI single by Yoshitomo Tani and a Takeshi Hidaka double that capped a two-run fourth at Yokohama Stadium. Ryotaro Doi (1-2) took the loss.

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Hawks 2, Swallows 0

Julio Zuleta hit a two-run homer and Shinji Kurano combined with four relievers on a six-hit shutout, leading Softbank past Yakult at Yahoo Dome for its third straight victory.

Kurano (1-1) scattered three singles and struck out four in five innings of work, outpitching Yakult starter Yuhei Takai, who was equally impressive in 5-1/3 innings but Zuleta's homer proved costly.

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Carp 5, Eagles 3

Masafumi Suenaga hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and Shigenobu Shima singled home an insurance run as Hiroshima beat PL cellar dweller Rakuten with a three-run rally in the seventh inning.

Kan Otake (4-4) earned the win after working six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, in a duel with Hisashi Iwakuma (4-7), who allowed all five runs on 10 hits in 6-2/3 innings.
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Publication:Japan Weekly Monitor
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Jun 13, 2005
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