Osamu Hamanaka nailed a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Hanshin Tigers over the Yokohama BayStars 4-3 at Koshien Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tied 2-2 in the seventh with one out, Norihiro Akahoshi tripled and followup batter Tomoaki Kanemoto drew a walk to put runners on the corners. After Shinjiro Hiyama struck out, Hamanaka delivered for the go-ahead run.

The BayStars are on a nine-game losing streak against the Tigers.

Yuya Ando (3-0) notched his third win, pitching one scoreless inning in relief of starter Kei Igawa, who allowed three runs on 6-1/3 innings.

Jeff Williams retired the side in the ninth and earned his 15th save in 21 appearances.

Dragons 10, Giants 5

Chunichi jumped on Yomiuri starter Hiroki Sanada (1-5) in the first, sending 10 batters to the plate in a five-run burst as the Dragons cruised past the Giants at Nagoya Dome for their third straight win.

Kosuke Fukudome and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami each went 3-for-4 for the Dragons.

Makoto Kito (3-1) allowed one earned run over five innings for the win.

Carp at Swallows — ppd.


Marines 3, BlueWave 2

Rick Short smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth to put Lotte ahead as the Marines edged Orix at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Submarine hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (1-1) allowed two hits in 5-2/3 innings, allowing two runs and walking three for his first win since September 2001 and four relievers shut out the BlueWave the rest of the way.

Masahide Kobayashi worked the ninth for his 12th save as Orix fell to its fifth straight loss.

Fighters 3, Lions 2

Satoru Kanemura (2-3) combined with four relievers on a six-hitter as Nippon Ham downed Seibu at Seibu Dome for its fifth straight win.

Kanemura gave up two runs on four hits — including a solo homer to Tsutomu Ito — over five-plus innings.

PL batting leader Michihiro Ogasawara went 3-for-4 and raised his average to .380.

Hawks 6, Buffaloes 2

Rookie lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (6-2) limited Kintetsu to two runs over seven innings and picked up the win as PL-leading Daiei beat the Buffaloes at Osaka Dome.

Wada walked three and struck out seven. He gave up eight hits, including a two-run homer to Norihiro Nakamura.

Arakaki deactivated

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks rookie right-hander Nagisa Arakaki was taken off the active roster on Tuesday and will skip his next scheduled start, officials of the Pacific League club said.

Arakaki, who left the mound after allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings of work Monday night, will be sent to the farm team and is expected to rejoin the top team as early as June 6, when Daiei meets the Nippon Ham Fighters in a three-game series at Tokyo Dome.

“He seems to be getting tired, so I’m just having him skip one start,” said Daiei manager Sadaharu Oh of the 23-year-old, who joined Daiei in a pre-draft deal and is 3-5 with a 4.30 ERA in nine games so far this season.

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