• Kyodo


Veteran pinch hitter Hiroshi Yagi drove in the game-winning run on a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning and rookie reliever Yuya Kubo let another run score on a wild pitch as the Hanshin Tigers downed the Yomiuri Giants 8-6 in the Central League on Tuesday night.

The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead through the third in front of 53,000 at Koshien Stadium but Roberto Petagine’s grand slam — his 10th — in the sixth gave the Giants a one-run lead before Hanshin tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the frame.

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