Norihiro Akahoshi hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday to lift the Hanshin Tigers past the front-running Yomiuri Giants 3-2 in the Central League.

With the Giants ahead 2-1, Koji Uehara (16-4) loaded the bases on three singles before Akahoshi dug in the dirt to hit an 0-1 pitch up the middle for the go-ahead run at the Tokyo Dome.

Atsushi Fujimoto homered to put Hanshin ahead in the first and Koji Goto tied the game 1-1 with a solo shot in the second before Yomiuri took the lead in the fifth on Uehara’s squeeze bunt.

Uehara saw his personal 10-game winning streak snapped while Masashi Date (1-2) got the win after 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief.

The Giants’ magic number for clinching the CL pennant remained unchanged at 11.

BayStars 3, Swallows 3 (12)
At Yokohama Stadium, second-placed Yakult and the BayStars played to a 3-3, 12-inning tie after both teams squandered scoring opportunities in extra innings.

Yakult wasted a two-out bases-loaded opportunity in the 10th when Atsuya Furuta flied out to center. Yokohama saw Tatsuhiko Kinjo thrown out in a rundown play after rounding third on a two-out, infield hit to shortstop by Ryoji Aikawa in the bottom half.

Dragons 14, Carp 3
Shigeki Noguchi hurled a four-hitter over eight innings to win his first decision since last September and Kosuke Fukudome blasted a grand slam as Chunichi trounced Hiroshima at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium.

Kazuyoshi Tatsunami had a three-run roundtripper and Yasuaki Taiho hit a two-run homer for the Dragons.


Lions 5, Buffaloes 1
Kazuo Matsui cracked his 30th home run of the season, a two-run shot, as Seibu defeated Kintetsu at the Osaka Dome to cut their magic number for clinching the Pacific League pennant to five.

Matsui will likely become the eighth player in Japanese professional baseball history to post a .300 average, 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a single season. He is now batting .325 and has 31 stolen bases.

Takashi Ishii (6-3) allowed 10 hits over the distance to earn his sixth win of the season.

Matsui doubled home the first run in the top of the third inning. Koichi Wada homered for two runs in the fourth and Matsui added his two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Hawks 11, Marines 4
Daiei collected 13 hits on the way to victory over Lotte at the Fukuoka Dome.

Noriyoshi Omichi drove in four runs while Hiroki Kokubo hit a two-run clout, his 28th home run of the season, for the Hawks.

Fighters 3, BlueWave 2 (10)
Hiroshi Narahara singled home the winning run in the top of the 10th inning, lifting Nippon Ham over Orix at Green Stadium Kobe.

Orix’s Yoshitomo Tani, who leads the Pacific League with .334 average, went 0-for-3.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.