Shinnosuke Abe doubled home the winning run with a drive to the wall in center field to give the Yomiuri Giants a 2-1 “sayonara” win in 10 innings over the Yokohama BayStars at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.

Koichiro Yoshinaga led off the bottom of the 10th inning against Shane Bowers (4-4) with a game-tying solo homer after Yokohama’s Takeshi Nakamura broke a scoreless deadlock with a home run in the top of the 10th.

Tigers 10, Carp 3
At Osaka Dome, Hanshin erupted for nine runs on 10 hits in the fourth and fifth innings to snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Hiroshima.

Yoshinori Okihara got the Tigers rolling with a two-run triple in the fourth inning and pinch-hitter Katsumi Hirosawa came up with a bases-loaded single in the fifth as the Tigers pounded out 17 hits altogether to return to .500 for the season.

Swallows 2, Dragons 2 (12)
At Jingu Stadium, Yakult and Chunichi dueled to a tie after 12 innings after the Swallows’ chance for a “sayonara” win was thrown out at home to end the game.

Yakult loaded the bases with one out in the 12th inning for a final chance to win, but Alex Ramirez flied out to right and the runner on third, Takenori Daita, was thrown out trying to score.


Lions 4, Hawks 0
At the Seibu Dome, Hsu Ming-chieh threw a two-hitter for his second shutout of the season and the Lions completed a three-game sweep of Daiei with a triumph at home.

The victory, coupled with the Kintetsu Buffaloes’ loss to Lotte in Sendai, gives Seibu a 12 1/2-game lead in the Pacific League standings.

Hsu (7-5) went the distance at Seibu Dome on 113 pitches, striking out five while not allowing a walk for the first time since arriving in Japan two years ago.

Offensively, designated hitter Kazuhiro Wada carried the big bat, going 3-for-4 with an RBI single and solo homer for the Lions.

Marines 7, Buffaloes 5
In Sendai, Kazuya Fukuura, Masato Watanabe and Derrick May each hit two-run homers and Lotte sent Kintetsu to its fourth loss in five games at Miyagi Prefectural Stadium.

Norihiro Nakamura homered for his third straight game as Kintetsu took a three-run lead in the first inning, but the Buffaloes did little over the next seven frames against southpaw Kosuke Kato (7-10), who struck out 13 over eight innings.

Fighters 4, BlueWave 3
In Kobe, Sherman Obando hit a two-run homer and D.T. Cromer drove in an insurance run to lift Nippon Ham to its fourth win in a row over host Orix.

Lefty Itsuki Shoda (4-8) gave up three runs and nine hits without a walk over seven innings for the win while Yoshinori Tateyama and Hiroshi Shibakusa worked the final two innings to saddle Orix with its fifth loss in a row.

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