Hirotoshi Kitagawa hit a tie-breaking RBI double for the go-ahead run and Fumitoshi Takano homered twice and went 4-for-5 Monday as the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes edged the Seibu Lions 6-5 at the Osaka Dome.

Central League
WonLostTiedPct.GBYomiuri 56 34 1 .622 -Yakult 44 42 2 .512 10.0Hanshin 45 43 2 .511 10.0Hiroshima 41 41 4 .500 11.0Chunichi 41 46 1 .471 13.5Yokohama 31 52 2 .373 21.5Pacific League
WonLostTiedPct.GBSeibu 54 33 1 .621 -Kintetsu 48 37 2 .565 5.0Daiei 43 43 1 .500 10.5Nippon Ham 42 45 1 .483 12.0Lotte 37 48 1 .435 16.0Orix 33 51 2 .393 19.5

The front-running Lions tied the game 5-5 in the top of the seventh but Yuji Yoshioka doubled in the bottom half and Kitagawa followed with a timely hit for the go-ahead as the Buffaloes won their fourth in a row and moved within five games of the Pacific League leaders.

Takano hit a solo blast in the Buffaloes’ three-run third and came back in the fourth for another solo shot — his fourth homer of the season — that made it 5-2.

Motoyuki Akahori (1-1) escaped a jam in the seventh for the win in relief and Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth for his 10th save.

Fighters 6, BlueWave 2

At the Tokyo Dome, Satoru Kanemura pitched seven solid innings of six-hit ball and D.T. Cromer belted a two-run homer as Nippon Ham downed Orix to snap its three-game losing streak.

Cromer, who went 2-for-4, slammed his 15th shot of the season off Hisashi Ogura (2-2) in the fifth after the Fighters took a 3-0 lead in the first on four extra-base hits and an error.

Mariners 6, Hawks 3

In Chiba, Takashi Tachikawa and Takumi Shiigi hit back-to-back RBI doubles for the go-ahead run in the second and Derrick May launched a three-run homer as Lotte beat Daiei.

May hit his 13th drive of the season to give the Marines a 5-1 lead in the third and Tachikawa banged a solo shot in the eighth to cap the scoring.

Takahashi off roster

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Yomiuri Giants outfielder Yoshinobu Takahashi was placed on the disabled list Sunday after injuring the heel of his left foot in a game against the Hiroshima Carp the previous event.

Takahashi underwent an examination at a Hiroshima hospital on Sunday and was told that he would need about two weeks to recover completely.

Terahara told to rest

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks rookie Hayato Terahara was told by doctors he will need three weeks to recover from an injury to his right thigh after he underwent tests at a Fukuoka hospital on Monday.

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