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Sledge slugs three HRs to lift ‘Stars past Tigers

Kyodo

Terrmel Sledge stole the show with three home runs and eight RBIs in a 5-for-5 outing, powering the Yokohama BayStars to a 9-5 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday.

Sledge led off the third with a shot to center to open the scoring and hit a grand slam to overturn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead in the seventh. He made his encore performance in the eighth with a three-run blast -his 17th homer of the season.

Craig Brazell hit a pair of homers and went 3-for-4 for the Tigers.

Carp 3, Dragons 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Jumpei Shinoda threw eight shutout innings and Yoshihiro Maru drove in a pair of runs as Hiroshima blanked Chunichi.

Shinoda (4-3) dug himself in and out of trouble, yielding six hits, striking out four with one walk. Dennis Sarfate pitched the ninth to earn his 25th save.

Giants 2, Swallows 2 (9)

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hawks 3, Fighters 2

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Toshiya Sugiuchi won a pitching duel with Nippon Ham’s Yu Darvish, thanks in part to Hiroki Kokubo, who drove in all three runs to lead PL-leader Fukuoka Softbank to its third consecutive win.

Darvish (13-3), who struck out 11, saw his personal winning streak end at five games. Kokubo had a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth. Sugiuchi (6-3) fanned 12 over the distance.

Lions 7, Buffaloes 2

At Saitama’s Seibu Dome, Takeya Nakamura hit his Japanese-baseball leading 28th home run to spark the offense and Fumiya Nishiguchi (4-6) went five scoreless innings on one-hit ball to lift Seibu over Orix.

Nakamura hit a two-run blast off Shinya Nakayama (2-7) for a 2-0 lead in the first and the Lions offense chipped away, featuring Masato Kumashiro’s RBI single in the fourth and a four-run fifth.

Marines 6, Eagles 2

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Shunsuke Watanabe (5-5) painted the corners over seven scoreless innings and Chiba Lotte’s first five in the order drove in a run apiece, leading to a win over Tohoku Rakuten.

After the Marines scored on an error in the first, Jose Castillo and Toshiaki Imae added back-to-back RBI single in the third before the offense added three runs on four hits in the next frame.