Tomoaki Kanemoto connected for a two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers downed the Yokohama BayStars 10-9 at Koshien Stadium.
Hanshin starter Keiichi Yabu gave up four runs over 6-1/3 innings for the win to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Hanshin reliever Jeff Williams gave up solo homers to Shuichi Murata and Tyrone Woods in the top of the ninth but recorded the final out to pick up his 16th save of the season.
The Tigers have a 7.5-game lead in the Central League standings over the second-place Yomiuri Giants.
Giants 5, Dragons 4
At Nagoya Dome, Takayuki Shimizu and Takayuki Saito each drove in a pair of runs as Yomiuri edged Chunichi.
Yomiuri starter Gary Rath, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, picked up the win after giving up three runs on eight hits over 6-2/3 innings. Junichi Kawahara retired the side in the ninth for his seventh save.
Swallows 4, Carp 3
At Jingu Stadium, former Cleveland Indians pitcher Jason Beverlin improved to 6-1 after giving up one run on eight hits over seven innings as Yakult edged Hiroshima.
Beverlin, Todd Betts, Alex Ramirez and Ken Suzuki each drove in a run for the Swallows.
Lions 5, Fighters 1
At Seibu Dome, Alex Cabrera belted a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Lions defeated Nippon Ham.
With the score tied 1-1, Cabrera, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, connected for his 12th homer of the season to give the Lions a four-run lead.
Seibu reliever Koji Mitsui picked up the win after coming on in the eighth and recording two outs to retire the side.
Buffaloes 6, Hawks 4
At Osaka Dome, Ken Kadokura gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings for the win as Kintetsu downed league-leading Daiei.
Yasuo Nagaike drove in a pair of runs to lead the Kintetsu attack.
Marines 5, Blue Wave 2
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Soichi Fujita gave up one run on two hits over six innings as Lotte Marines downed struggling Orix.
Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Mac Suzuki, making his first start since returning to Japan in the off-season, took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings. Orix has lost six straight games.
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