Akihiro Yano singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Hanshin Tigers pounded out 17 hits to beat the Yomiuri Giants 7-3 at Tokyo Dome on Sunday and claim first place in the Central League standings.
George Arias homered for his third straight game — hitting a two-run homer in the ninth off Yomiuri’s Hiroki Sanada (0-1) for his sixth dinger of the year.
Lefty Makoto Yoshino (1-1) pitched two innings in relief of starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi for his first career win.
Toshihisa Nishi and Daisuke Motoki of the Giants collided while fielding a fly ball and were taken to hospital.
Swallows 6, BayStars 1
At Yokohama Stadium, Newcomer Jason Beverlin struck out eight batters over five strong innings in his first game in Japan to pick up the win as Yakult downed Yokohama.
Beverlin allowed four hits and walked one over five scoreless innings.
Alex Ramirez belted two home runs — a two-run clout in the first and a solo shot in the sixth.
Carp 9, Dragons 0
Ken Takahashi scattered five hits over the distance while fanning nine for his second win to lift Hiroshima over Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
Marines 4, Lions 3
Derrick May hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and starter Nathan Minchey held Seibu to two runs over seven innings as Lotte edged the Lions at Seibu Dome.
Trailing 2-0 with two out, Jun Inoue and Kazuya Fukuura hit back-to-back singles and followup May ripped a home run into the right-field bleachers off Yoshihiro Doi (0-1) to give the Marines the lead.
Saburo Omura lined an RBI single in the ninth to cap the scoring for Lotte, which moved over .500 for the first time in two years.
Hawks 3, BlueWave 2
Daiei scored the game-tying run on a throwing error by Orix second baseman Keiichi Hirano with two outs in the sixth inning and secured victory on a pinch-hit, RBI double by Yudai Deguchi as the Hawks beat the BlueWave at Fukuoka Dome.
Buffaloes 9, Fighters 3
Hisashi Iwakuma came within three outs of his second straight complete game while striking out nine along the way for his third win in as many starts in Kintetsu’s win over Nippon Ham at Osaka Dome.
Kudo injures thumb
Yomiuri Giants veteran lefty Kimiyasu Kudo damaged the ligaments in the thumb of his throwing arm in a collision near home plate in a game Saturday against the Hanshin Tigers, team officials said Sunday.
The 39-year-old Kudo was diagnosed with the injury by team doctors at Tokyo Dome after running into on-deck pinch hitter Akihiro Yano while trying to prevent a run from scoring in the third inning in Saturday’s game and was replaced after giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
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