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Giants top Tigers, climb into second place

Kyodo

Hisayoshi Chono went 3-for-4 and drove in a run and Shinnosuke Abe homered as the Yomiuri Giants held off the Hanshin Tigers in a 7-5 win to move into second place in the Central League on Tuesday.

Tetsuya Utsumi (11-8) allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. Marc Kroon picked up his 24th save. Jason Standridge (10-5) took the loss.

Alex Ramirez had an RBI single and Chono added a run-scoring single in a three-run first. Abe’s solo shot — his 43rd homer of the year — made it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers’ Matt Murton went 2-for-4 and rewrote the CL record for the most hits in a season with 205. Ichiro Suzuki holds the Japanese baseball record with 210 hits with the Orix Buffaloes in 1994.

Swallows 4, BayStars 0

At Yokohama Stadium, Masanori Ishikawa threw a three-hitter in his first shutout in two years to match a career high for wins.

Ishikawa (13-8), who won his 11th in a row, struck out seven with no walks. Kenjiro Tanaka (1-1) took the loss for Yokohama, which suffered 90 defeats for the third year in a row.

Tokyo Yakult’s Norichika Aoki had a solo blast in the sixth inning and singled in the eighth for his 202nd hit of the season, tying a career high.

Ryoji Aikawa drove in a pair of runs for the Swallows.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 4, Buffaloes 0

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Sho Nakata went 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles against Orix, helping third-place Hokkaido Nippon Ham blank Orix in its last game of the season.

The Fighters’ Masaru Takeda (14-7) pitched six-plus shutout innings, striking out six and walking none. Yu Darvish pitched the eighth in relief.

The Buffaloes will finish this season in fifth place.

Marines 7, Eagles 2

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Saburo Omura and Toshiaki Imae hit two-run homers to power fourth-place Chiba Lotte in a romp of Tohoku Rakuten.

Omura went deep to left-center with two outs and a runner on second in the first and Tsuyoshi Nishioka added a two-run double for a 4-0 lead in the second. Imae put the game out of reach with his drive to left in the seventh.

Tatsuya Uchi (1-0) won with 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief.

The Eagles’ Takashi Kawai (3-7) gave up four runs in six innings.