Shinjiro Hiyama led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking solo homer and added a run in the ninth with another roundtripper as the front-running Hanshin Tigers whipped the Yakult Swallows 7-4 at Jingu Stadium on Friday.
The win, coupled with the loss of the second-place Giants, saw the Tigers widen their CL-lead to 10 games.
Tied 4-4 in the eighth, Hiyama solo homered off Yakult reliever Yuya Kamada (0-2) for the go-ahead run and after two outs, Makoto Imaoka hit an RBI single to put Hanshin up 6-4. In the ninth with two outs, Hiyama nailed a solo homer — his sixth dinger of the year — for an insurance run.
Yuya Ando (4-0) worked the final two innings in relief for the win.
BayStars 12, Giants 7
Takahiro Saeki connected for two homers and drove home four runs to lead Yokohama over Yomiuri at Yokohama Stadium, handing the Giants their third straight loss.
Dragons 4, Carp 3
Masahiko Morino doubled home two runs in the eighth for the go-ahead as Chunichi beat Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome.
Lions 1, Buffaloes 0 (10)
Seibu scored a run in the top of the 10th with Hiroyuki Takagi’s squeeze bunt as it downed Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.
Rookie right-hander Shuichiro Osada (4-1) pitched one inning in relief for the win, while Buffs starter Hisashi Iwakuma (8-2) went 10 innings in a losing effort.
Marines 11, BlueWave 4
Koichi Hori went 3-for-3 and Ryosuke Sawai had three hits — including a three-run homer — with four RBIs as Lotte beat Orix at Yahoo BB Stadium for its fourth straight win against the BlueWave.
Fighters 5, Hawks 3
Carlos Mirabal (7-4) limited Daiei to two runs over 6 1/3 innings and picked up the win as Nippon Ham beat Daiei at Tokyo Dome.
Pedraza to go home
Yomiuri Giants right-hander Rodney Pedraza, who has been tuning up with a minor league squad due to an injured right shoulder, will return to the United States for treatment, officials of the Central League club said Friday.
Meanwhile, the Giants are conducting talks to acquire former Detroit Tigers right-hander Julio Santana, who currently plays for the Phildelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.
Asakura out of surgery
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons pitcher Kenta Asakura underwent surgery Thursday to remove bone chips after a hairline fracture was discovered in his right elbow late last month, officials of the Central League team said.
In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.