Tigers veteran Hiroshi Yagi nailed a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Yokohama BayStars to lift Hanshin to a 4-2 win at Koshien Stadium.

Central League
WonLostTiedPct.GBYomiuri 54 32 0 .628 -Hanshin 43 40 2 .518 9.5Hiroshima 40 39 2 .506 10.5Yakult 41 41 1 .500 11.0Chunichi 40 43 1 .482 12.5Yokohama 28 51 2 .354 22.5Pacific League
WonLostTiedPct.GBSeibu 52 30 1 .634 -Kintetsu 44 36 2 .550 7.0Daiei 41 40 1 .506 10.5Nippon Ham40 42 1 .488 12.0Lotte 33 47 1 .413 18.0Orix 32 47 2 .405 18.5

Down 2-0 in the sixth with two out, Hanshin loaded the bases with a hit and two walks.

Yagi smashed Yokohama reliever Yukiya Yokoyama’s first pitch into the left-field bleachers, bettering his own club record for pinch-hit homers with his 13th pinch-hit clout and third home run of the season.

BayStars starter Kazuo Fukumori (0-1), who made his first start of the year in his ninth appearance, was tagged with the loss. He gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Hanshin hurler Kei Igawa (11-5) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings for his first win in three weeks.

Giants 6, Dragons 4

Takayuki Saito singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Yomiuri added an insurance run on Daisuke Motoki’s sixth-inning solo homer as it beat Chunichi at the Tokyo Dome.

Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Chunichi’s Motonobu Tanishige drilled a three-run homer to tie the game before Dragons hurler Melvin Bunch (7-7) followed with a solo blast off Yomiuri starter Masumi Kuwata (6-6) to give Chunichi the lead.

In the bottom of the frame, however, Motoki scored the game-tying run on Shinnosuke Abe’s RBI double.

Carp 4, Swallows 1

Hiroki Kuroda (6-5) went the distance, limiting Yakult to one run on a solo homer by Roberto Petagine for his third complete-game win as Hiroshima beat the Swallows at Jingu Stadium, sending Yakult to its sixth straight loss.

Kuroda gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out seven.

Petagine smacked his league-leading 27th homer in the ninth inning as the Swallows fell to fourth in the CL.


Buffaloes 3, Marines 0

Jeremy Powell scattered two hits over eight innings and picked up his PL-leading 12th win as Kintetsu blanked Lotte at the Osaka Dome.

With the win, combined with the loss of the first-place Lions, the Buffaloes narrowed Seibu’s lead to seven games.

Powell walked four and struck out seven to help Kintetsu snap its losing skid at four. Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth and earned his sixth save.

Marines hurler Shingo Ono (2-5) held the Buffaloes to two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort.

Fighters 8, Lions 5

Sherman Obando tripled home two runs in the top of the ninth as Nippon Ham came back to beat the Lions at the Seibu Dome.

The Fighters scored the game-tying run in the top of the eighth on Lions catcher Tsutomu Ito’s passed ball.

Hawks 6, BlueWave 3

Daiei rookie Hayato Terahara, in his first outing since he was deactivated in June with a thigh injury, allowed three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings and picked up his fourth win as the Hawks beat Orix at Green Stadium Kobe.

Kiyohara deactivated

Yomiuri Giants slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara was removed from the active roster Tuesday after injuring his hamstring during a game last week and is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks.

Matsuzaka to return

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. (Kyodo) Seibu Lions right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will return in next week’s three-game series against the Kintetsu Buffaloes, manager Haruki Ihara said Tuesday.

Matsuzaka was taken off the active roster in late May due to an injured right elbow.

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