Roberto Petagine belted two home runs as the Yakult Swallows defeated the struggling Hanshin Tigers 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Koshien Stadium.

Petagine put Yakult on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth to hand the Tigers their sixth consecutive loss.

Swallows starter Kevin Hodges held the Tigers to two runs in six innings and picked up his CL-leading ninth win against two losses.

Hanshin cut the lead to one run with a Derrick White RBI single off reliever Ryota Igarashi but that was as close as the Tigers got.

Giants 6, Carp 2
Toshihisa Nishi doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning and Yomiuri scored three more runs in the eighth on homers by Akira Eto and Shinnosuke Abe to defeat Hiroshima at the Sapporo Dome.

Kimiyasu Kudo limited the Carp to a run on two hits over seven innings (4-5) and four relievers shut out Hiroshima the rest of the way.

BayStars 3, Dragons 0
Second-year lefty Yuji Yoshimi pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single in Yokohama’s three-run fourth as the BayStars blanked Chunichi at Yokohama Stadium.


Buffaloes 4, Marines 2
At the Osaka Dome, Jeremy Powell struck out eight batters over 8 2/3 solid innings and picked up his eighth win as Kintetsu beat Lotte.

BlueWave 4, Lions 1
At the Seibu Dome, Masahiko Kaneda (3-4) scattered five hits over eight innings and closer Masanobu Okubo struck out two of the last three batters as Orix beat the Lions.

Fighters 5, Hawks 3

David Cromer and Tatsuya Ide had two RBIs each as Nippon Ham edged Daiei at Matsuyama Stadium, sending the Hawks to their third straight loss.

Surgery for Burkhart

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks infielder Morgan Burkhart will leave for the United States on Tuesday to undergo shoulder surgery, officials of the Pacific League club said Sunday.

Switch-hitter Burkhart, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, had been taken off the 28-man active roster June 8 because of an injury to his left shoulder.

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