Kazuyoshi Tatsunami hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning off Yakult’s Ryota Igarashi (3-1) to give Chunichi its eighth win in a row and the first “sayonara” victory of the season — a 7-3 win over Yakult at the Nagoya Dome.

Leo Gomez hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Chunichi to tie the game at 3 and received an intentional walk in the ninth to load the bases for Tatsunami, after Scott Bullett and Kosuke Fukudome led off with back-to-back hits.

Yakult went ahead 3-1 in the sixth with a one-run shot from Alex Ramirez, his sixth of the year.

Southpaw Shugo Fujii was solid once again for the Swallows, allowing seven hits and only a run in seven innings.

Giants 6, Tigers 3
Yomiuri piled five hits and all of its runs on two Hanshin pitchers in the top of the eighth to down the Tigers in a come-from-behind victory at Koshien Stadium.

In the first of a three-game series between the top two teams, Giants starter Kimiyasu Kudo (3-4) lasted seven frames, giving up 10 hits and three runs.

Keiichi Yabu (5-2) was much more impressive — until the eighth, that is. He carried a four- hitter into the eighth, but pinch hitter Daisuke Motoki’s blooper double into left scored the tying run for the Giants.

Takayuki Saito capped the eighth with a two-run single for Yomiuri, which is on a three-game win streak.

Carp 6, BayStars 5
Hiroshima’s cleanup combined to hit 7-for-12, driving in all of the team’s runs, and Masayuki Hasegawa (3-1) pitched seven strong innings to extend Yokohama’s losing streak to 13 — its worst in 16 years — at Yokohama Stadium.

Tomonori Maeda, Tomoaki Kanemoto and Eddy Diaz all homered for the Carp in the first three innings as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

But BayStars third baseman Mike Gulan blasted two consecutive dingers — a solo and two-run homer — cutting the deficit to one run.

Yasuhiro Oyamada closed the ninth for his 10th save. With the loss, Yokohama became the only team in the league below the .500 mark.


Lions 5, BlueWave 0
Veteran Tetsuya Shiozaki and two relievers combined on a one-hitter and Seibu extended its league lead to 3 1/2 games with a triumph over Orix at Yonago Stadium.

Shiozaki (4-0) gave up a lead-off single to Orix outfielder Ikuro Katsuragi in the first inning, but then retired the next 18 batters in a row as Seibu cruised to its third straight win.

Alex Cabrera hit his 13th homer of the season, a two-run blast in the seventh inning, to put the game away for the Lions.

Buffaloes 8, Hawks 6
Tuffy Rhodes hit his league-leading 18th homer in the first inning and Naoyuki Omura keyed a four-run second with another two-run shot as Kintetsu rolled on to victory over Daiei at the Osaka Dome.

Marines 6, Fighters 5
Kiyoshi Hatsushiba hit a two-run homer and drove in a third run with a sacrifice fly to lift Lotte over Nippon Ham at the Tokyo Dome.

Sherman Obando hit his 10th and 11th homers of the season for the Fighters.

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