Scott Sheldon hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and Hisashi Ogura won his fourth straight decision Monday to help the Orix BlueWave to a 6-4 victory over the Seibu Lions.

Central League
 WonLostTiedPct.GBGiants 82 47 2 .636 -Swallows 67 55 4 .549 11.5Dragons 62 61 5 .504 17.0Carp 57 63 4 .475 20.5Tigers 59 66 4 .472 21.0BayStars 42 77 5 .353 35.0Pacific League
 WonLostTiedPct.GBLions 83 44 1 .654 -Hawks 67 59 2 .532 15.5Buffaloes 64 58 2 .525 16.5Marines 56 65 1 .463 24.0Fighters 55 69 3 .444 26.5BlueWave 46 76 3 .377 34.5

The BlueWave came from a run down three times before Sheldon put them up for good when he sent a fastball thrown by Fumiya Nishiguchi into the left-field stands to make it 5-3 at Green Stadium Kobe.

Ogura (6-3) lasted seven innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits, including a pair of solo homers to Kazuo Matsui and another solo drive to Satoshi Nakajima.

Nishiguchi (14-9), who entered the game tied with Jeremy Powell of the Kintetsu Buffaloes with a Pacific League-leading 14 wins, yielded all five runs on six hits and three walks in six innings.

Alex Cabrera remained two shy of the Japanese home run record of 55. He singled twice in going 2-for-4 after sitting out Sunday’s game following the Lions’ late-night title celebration Saturday.

Buffaloes 7, Hawks 1

At the Osaka Dome, Jeremy Powell pitched a two-hitter over eight shutout innings to become the first 15-game winner in the PL as Kintetsu defeated Daiei.

Powell (15-9) struggled with his control early on but regrouped to hold Daiei hitless from the third in an outing that also included seven strikeouts and three walks. Eiji Mizuguchi homered and Norihiro Nakamura hit a three-run double for Kintetsu.

A listless Daiei offense has produced only two runs in 30 innings in its last three games.

Marines 5, Fighters 4

At the Tokyo Dome, Kazuya Fukuura doubled home a tiebreaking run in the top of the 12th inning as Lotte beat Nippon Ham for its fourth win in five games.

Kiyoshi Hatsushiba went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double that tied the game at 4-4 in the ninth. Brian Sikorski (4-6) earned the win and Masahide Kobayashi got his 30th save.

Sunday’s late games


Giants 6, Swallows 0

Koji Uehara allowed just two hits and got home-run support from Tomohiro Nioka, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Toshihisa Nishi as Yomiuri beat Yakult in a game called in the seventh inning to close in on the Central League title.

Akira Eto’s blooper to center scored two runners in the fourth inning before Nioka made it 3-0 in the fifth with a solo shot off Shugo Fujii (9-8) over the left-center fence in steady rain.

Fujii then gave up a solo homer to Kiyohara, playing in his third game since returning from a hamstring injury, and a two-run drive to Nishi in the sixth as the rain picked up at Jingu Stadium. It was Kiyohara’s first homer since July 18.

Uehara (17-4) cruised to his league-high 17th win, striking out five with no walks in six innings of work.

After sweeping a three-game series against second-place Yakult, Yomiuri reduced its magic number to two and can clinch its first league championship in two years as early as Monday.

BayStars 3, Dragons 3 (12)

At the Nagoya Dome, Katsuaki Furuki and Kosuke Fukudome traded solo homers in the 11th inning as Yokohama and Chunichi played to a tie.

Hitoshi Tamura went 3-for-5 with an RBI double that put Yokohama ahead in the top of the first inning.

Motonobu Tanishige drove in the Dragons’ first run with a double in the fourth inning. Hirokazu Ibata, who hit for the cycle Saturday, had two hits for Chunichi.

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