Pinch-hitter Hideharu Hyodo hit an RBI double to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning Wednesday as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Hanshin Tigers 4-2 at Fukui Stadium to snap a five-game losing streak.
Tomoaki Kanemoto singled home an insurance run later in the eighth and Hiroki Kuroda (3-3), who allowed two runs on seven hits in eight innings, posted his first win since May 24.
Hanshin mounted a two-run rally in the top of the eighth but Shinobu Fukuhara (1-2) allowed the decisive two runs in the bottom half to hand the Tigers their third loss in a row.
Giants 5, BayStars 3
Toshihisa Nishi drove home the go-ahead run with a one-out, bases-loaded single in the top of the 11th inning as Yomiuri downed Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium.
Takayuki Shimizu followed with an infield single one out later to cap the scoring, giving reliever Hideki Okajima (4-2) the win.
Hector Almonte got the final two outs for his first save in Japan. Yomiuri won their eighth straight against Yokohama.
Dragons 2, Swallows 1
At the Nagoya Dome, Melvin Bunch pitched four-hit ball and struck out seven over eight innings and Leo Gomez slammed a solo blast in a two-run fifth as Chunichi went on to edge past Yakult.
Bunch (6-4), who held Yakult to one run and issued just one walk, helped himself with an RBI infield single in the fifth to make it 2-0.
Eddie Gaillard picked up his league-leading 16th save.
Hawks 9, Lions 5
Noriyoshi Omichi, Koji Bonishi and Munenori Kawasaki had consecutive hits in a two-run fifth as Daiei went on to overpower the front-running Seibu in a 16-hit attack at the Seibu Dome.
Daiei added two runs in the sixth to lend support to Kenichi Wakatabe (3-0), who allowed five runs on 10 hits in 8 1/3 innings.
Buffaloes 5, BlueWave 3
Yuji Yoshioka broke a 3-3 tie on a two-run single in the fifth inning and Sean Bergman pitched six effective innings, leading Kintetsu over Orix at Green Stadium Kobe.
Bergman (4-1) won his third straight decision while Akira Okamoto worked the final two innings for his 14th save.
Marines 2, Fighters 1
Makoto Kosaka doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched out of a jam in the bottom half to help Lotte win over Nippon Ham at Chiba Marine.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi (5-3) worked two-thirds of an inning before Masahide Kobayashi pitched a perfect ninth to get his 10th save.
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