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Fighters beat La New Bears 1-0

AP , TOKYO

La New Bears shortstop Lin Chih-sheng, left, throws the ball to first after forcing out Nippon Ham Fighters' Toshimasa Konta, center, at second base during the third inning of the Konami Cup Asia Series 2006 final in Tokyo yesterday. The Fighters won 1-0.

PHOTO: AFP

Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters defeated Taiwan's La New Bears 1-0 yesterday to win the Asia Series.

Yu Darvish struck out 10 and gave up just one hit over seven scoreless innings at Tokyo Dome for the win. Michael Nakamura retired the side in the ninth for the save.

It was the second straight year that the Japan Series champions won the tournament that features the top teams from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

"This was a very well-pitched game on both sides," said Nippon Ham manager Trey Hillman. "It's an honor to represent Japan and win this series."

The Fighters won their first Japan Series title in 44 years by defeating the Chunichi Dragons last month. The Chiba Lotte Marines won the first Asia Series last year.

Shinya Tsuruoka delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. Kuniyuki Kimoto reached on a third baseman error and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Tsuruoka's bloop single off reliever Anthony Fiore fell between center fielder Huang Long-yi and right fielder Lu Chun-hsiung, scoring Kimoto from third.

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