Yakult rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and closer Shingo Takatsu worked the ninth to notch his 230th career save and set the Japan record as the Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants 8-6 at Tokyo Dome.

Trailing the Giants 6-3, Noriyuki Shiroishi sparked a five-run burst with an RBI single off Yomiuri closer Junichi Kawahara (0-1) with one out and the bases loaded.

Takatsu gave up one hit and walked one in the ninth but held on to earn his fourth save of the year.

With Yakult up 2-1 in the fifth, Akira Eto, who belted a grand slam the night before, hit an RBI single to cap Yomiuri’s three-run inning. The Giants added two more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Shinsuke Yamada’s first career homer, a solo off lefty Masanori Ishikawa.

Dragons 4, Tigers 2

Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-4 and homered in back-to-back at bats to lead Chunichi over Hanshin at Nagoya Dome.

Down 2-1 in the fifth, Fukudome gave the Dragons the lead with a two-run clout off Tigers hurler Taiyo Fujita (1-1). He hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Lefty Masahiro Yamamoto (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings and four relievers held Hanshin hitless the rest of the way.

Closer Eddie Gaillard worked the ninth to notch his eighth save.

Carp 7, BayStars 4

Hiroshima went ahead on three consecutive RBI singles in the eighth inning as it beat Yokohama at Hiroshima Stadium, sending the BayStars to their eighth straight loss.

Tied 4-4 with one out and runners on the corners, Takahiro Arai, Tomonori Maeda and Andy Sheets connected for RBI singles for the go-ahead runs.

The BayStars’ No. 1 draft pick Shuichi Murata hit his seventh home run of the year — a solo homer off Carp reliever Shigeo Tamaki (2-0).


Hawks 4, Fighters 3

Rookie hurler Tsuyoshi Wada held Nippon Ham to two runs over six innings while fanning eight en route to his third win as Daiei edged the Fighters at Fukuoka Dome.

Wada (3-1) gave up seven hits — including a two-run homer to Angel Echevarria in the sixth — and walked none.

Lefty Itsuki Shoda (1-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Marines 3, Buffaloes 1

Nathan Minchey (2-2) tossed seven solid innings for the win and Rick Short homered for the second straight game — a go-ahead solo clout in the seventh — as Lotte downed Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.

BlueWave 5, Lions 4

Takeshi Hidaka singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth as Orix beat Seibu at Sapporo Dome.

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