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Tigers hammer lowly Giants in Nagasaki

Kyodo

Tomoaki Kanemoto drove in four runs and Makoto Imaoka and Andy Sheets had four RBIs apiece Tuesday night as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers demolished the Yomiuri Giants 16-1 to extend their winning streak to five games.

CL RBI leader Imaoka doubled home two runs in the first inning before Kanemoto connected off Hisanori Takahashi (7-10) for a grand slam to highlight a fifth-run second at Nagasaki Big N Stadium.

Imaoka and Kanemoto drove in two more runs apiece to help the Tigers stretch the lead to 13-1 through five innings, providing support for Kei Igawa (12-7) who allowed a run in seven innings to tie for the league lead with his 12th win.

Dragons 5, BayStars 2

At Nagoya Dome, Motonobu Tanishige hit a tiebreaking homer and Kosuke Fukudome followed with a two-run double in a three-run eighth inning as Chunichi held off Yokohama to snap its four-game losing streak.

Carp 5, Swallows 1

At Hiroshima, Tomonori Maeda and Takahiro Arai hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and Shigenobu Shima added a two-run single in the fifth, helping the Carp down Yakult.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Lions 10, Eagles 1

At Sendai’s Fullcast Stadium, Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-12) pitched a one-hitter over seven shutout innings and Takumi Kuriyama and Alex Cabrera had four hits each as Seibu trounced Tohoku Rakuten.

Hawks 3, Fighters 2 (10)

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Tony Batista homered in Softbank’s victory over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Marines 3, Buffaloes 2 (11)

At Kobe’s Skymark Stadium, Koichi Hori and Lee Seung Yeop homered as Chiba Lotte edged Orix in 11 innings.

Yamamoto on way out

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Hiroshima Carp manager Koji Yamamoto will step down at the end of this season after failing to lift the Central League team from the bottom half of the league standings again this season, club officials said Tuesday.

Yamamoto, 58, offered his resignation to the Hiroshima front office on Monday.