Eddy Diaz went 4-for-4 and connected for two home runs as the Hiroshima Carp spoiled Giants slugger Hideki Matsui’s 300th career home run by downing Yomiuri 7-4 in Hiroshima on Tuesday.
Matsui, playing his 10th season of pro ball, led off the ninth inning with a homer off Hiroshima hurler Hiroki Kuroda (5-4) to become Japanese baseball’s 27th man to reach the 300-HR mark.
With the Carp leading 1-0 in the fourth, Kazuhiro Kiyohara nailed a three-run shot to give Yomiuri the lead.
In the bottom of the frame, however, Hiroshima came back with a three-run Tomoaki Kanemoto blast.
In the sixth, Hiroshima added three runs with back-to-back home runs by Diaz — who connected for a solo shot earlier in the game — and Tomonori Maeda.
Yomiuri starter Kimiyasu Kudo (4-6) took the loss.
Tigers 5, Dragons 1
Keiichi Yabu combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and fanned 10 batters en route to his seventh win as Hanshin beat the Dragons at Koshien Stadium.
Hawks 8, Lions 1
Kenichi Wakatabe went the distance, limiting Seibu to one run on a homer by Alex Cabrera, and stayed unbeaten for his sixth win as Daiei beat the Lions in Fukuoka.
Fighters 7, Buffaloes 1
Hayato Nakamura tossed four-hit ball over eight innings for his fifth win as Nippon Ham handed Kintetsu its third straight loss with a win at the Tokyo Dome.
Tuffy Rhodes went 0-for-4 and has now gone three straight games without a hit.
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