Yomiuri slugger Hideki Matsui went 3-for-4 and smashed his Central League-leading 28th homer as the Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp 9-7 in a six-homer slugfest at Hiroshima Stadium on Saturday.

Central League
WonLostTiedPct.GBYomiuri 56 33 1 .629 -Hanshin 45 42 2 .517 10.0Yakult 43 42 2 .506 11.0Hiroshima 40 41 4 .494 12.0Chunichi 41 45 1 .477 13.5Yokohama 30 52 2 .366 22.5Pacific League
WonLostTiedPct.GBSeibu 53 32 1 .624 -Kintetsu 46 37 2 .554 6.0Daiei 43 41 1 .512 9.5Nippon Ham41 44 1 .482 12.0Lotte 36 47 1 .434 16.0Orix 32 50 2 .390 19.5

The 28-year-old outfielder, playing in his 10th pro season, now leads the CL in home runs, RBIs (64) and batting average (.334).

Akira Eto connected for a solo homer and Takayuki Shimizu, who went 3-for-5, also homered — a two-run blast in the fourth. All three home runs were off Hiroshima starter Masayuki Hasegawa (8-5), who gave up seven runs on nine hits.

Yomiuri starter Koji Uehara struck out 10 but allowed five runs on 10 hits, including two home runs — solo blasts by Tomonori Maeda and Takahiro Arai.

Maeda cracked another solo homer in the ninth off Giants closer Junichi Kawahara, who earned his 21st save.

Tigers 3, Swallows 2 (10)

Osamu Hamanaka tripled off Yakult reliever Shinji Matsuda (0-1) to being home Fumikazu Takanami from first base for the game-winning run as Hanshin beat the Swallows with a “sayonara” win at Koshien Stadium.

Tigers closer Marc Valdes pitched one-third of an inning for his fourth win.

BayStars 5, Dragons 2

Shane Bowers combined with two relievers on a six hitter, striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings for his third win as Yokohama beat Chunichi at Yokohama Stadium.


Lions 2, Hawks 1

Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia limited Daiei to one run on a solo homer by Yusuke Torigoe while fanning 12 over eight solid innings as Seibu snapped its losing skid at five with a victory at the Fukuoka Dome.

Chang gave up four hits and walked three in picking up his sixth win against one loss. Closer Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Tom Evans hit an RBI double in the second inning and added a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Daiei hurler Kenichi Wakatabe (6-4) went the distance, giving up two runs on eight hits while walking none in a losing effort.

Marines 10, BlueWave 2

Derrick May went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and hurler Nathan Minchey (8-11) tossed an eight-hitter for the win as Lotte beat Orix at Green Stadium Kobe.

May doubled home a run in the first and slammed a two-run dinger in the third off Orix starter Koo Dae Sung (5-6).

Akira Otsuka had three hits and belted a grand slam to cap Lotte’s five-run seventh.

Buffaloes 3, Fighter 1

Midseason acquisition Mike Johnson picked up his first win in his seventh appearance, allowing one run on two hits over six innings as Kintetsu beat Nippon Ham at the Tokyo Dome.

Tied 1-1 in the seventh, Buffaloes veteran catcher Kenji Furukubo nailed a go-ahead solo homer off Fighters hurler Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (1-6).

Terahara on DL?

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks pitcher Hayato Terahara may be taken off the 28-man active roster for the second time this season, officials of the Pacific League club revealed Saturday, a day after the hard-throwing rookie complained a pain in his right thigh.

Terahara reportedly hurt his leg during pitching practice Friday and received treatment, including massage, for the pain on Saturday.

Training personnel for the club said that the injury was not serious, but added, “He cannot throw with all of his strength.”

Club officials will decide what measures to take with Terahara after an examination at a hospital.

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