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Left-hander Kei Igawa worked eight strong innings Wednesday as the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Yomiuri Giants 6-2 at Koshien Stadium.

Igawa improved to 3-3 on the season after striking out nine and giving up one run on six hits over eight innings.

Jeff Williams retired the side in the ninth as the Tigers beat the Giants for the second straight night and opened up a two-game lead in the Central League standings.

Akihiro Yano belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth when the Tigers took a 4-2 lead. Atsushi Kataoka went 2-for-3 while driving in three runs for the Tigers.

Swallows 4, BayStars 1
At Jingu Stadium, Jason Beverlin struck out six as Yakult downed Yokohama to move into second place in the standings.

Beverlin, formerly of the Cleveland Indians, gave up one run on five hits over five innings to improve to 3-0 for the Swallows. All-time saves leader Shingo Takatsu retired the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save.

Carp 3, Dragons 1
In Hiroshima, veteran Shinji Sasaoka scattered eight hits over eight innings while giving up one run as the Carp edged Chunichi.

Dragons starter Kenshin Kawakami took his first loss of the season despite giving up only two earned runs on eight hits over eight innings.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Lions 8, Hawks 4
At Seibu Dome, Taisei Takagi and Scott McClain connected for solo homers as the Lions erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on their way to a win over league-leading Daiei.

Alex Cabrera belted a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning for his eighth homer of the season. The Lions have won four straight.

BlueWave 7, Buffaloes 3
In Kobe, Roosevelt Brown, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, drove in a pair of runs as Orix defeated Kintetsu.

Ikuro Katsuragi also drove in two runs — including a solo homer in the second inning — as the BlueWave completed a three-game sweep of the Buffaloes under new manager Leon Lee.

Fighters 17, Marines 6
At Tokyo Dome, Katsuhiro Nishiura belted a pair of two-run homers and Shinji Takahashi added a two-run blast of his own in the fourth as Nippon Ham cruised past Lotte.

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