Tomoaki Kanemoto doubled home the go-ahead run and Atsushi Kataoka added a run with a double in a two-run fifth inning as the Hanshin Tigers downed the Yomiuri Giants 3-1 at Koshien Stadium on Thursday.
With the victory, the Tigers opened up a three-game lead in the Central League standings.
The Giants have not yet won a game against the Tigers this season, with one tie and five losses.
Tigers hurler Keiichi Yabu (2-1) gave up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings and three relievers held Yomiuri scoreless the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the ninth, Masahiro Kawai led off the inning with a single off closer Jeff Williams. Williams then hit Toshihisa Nishi with a pitch, but retired the next three batters — including pinch hitter Kazuhiro Kiyohara — to notch his eighth save.
In the fifth, Kanemoto and Kataoka each hit RBI doubles for the go-ahead runs.
Matt Randel took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Carp 3, Dragons 2 (10)
Shigeru Morikasa singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Hiroshima beat Chunichi at Hiroshima Stadium for its fourth “sayonara” win this year.
With the win, the Carp moved into second place in the CL standings, percentage points ahead of Yakult, while the Dragons suffered their fifth straight loss.
Tied 1-1 in the seventh, Takayuki Onishi scored the go-ahead run on Kosuke Fukudome’s grounder to second to give Chunichi a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, however, Kazuki Fukuchi led off the inning with a pinch-hit double, advanced to third on a bunt by Koichi Ogata, and scored the game-tying run on pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Kimura’s RBI single.
BayStars 9, Swallows 3
Yokohama’s No. 1 draft pick Shuichi Murata smashed two home runs and starter Domingo Guzman fanned 10 over the distance en route to his second victory of the season as the BayStars beat Yakult at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, snapping the Swallows’ win streak at four.
Guzman (2-2) gave up two earned runs on eight hits in his second straight complete game.
Murata hit a two-run dinger in Yokohama’s four-run third, and connected for another two-run clout in the sixth, increasing his home run total to nine.
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