Lefty Hisanori Takahashi pitched eight scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the ninth in going the distance and Takayuki Shimizu smashed a grand slam to cap a five-run fourth as the Yomiuri Giants downed the Hanshin Tigers 8-2 on Friday at Tokyo Dome.

It was Yomiuri’s only second win against the Central League-leaders this season. Hanshin still enjoys a comfortable seven-game lead over the Giants.

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