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Tetsuya Iida and Ken Suzuki both belted three-run homers Wednesday to lead the Yakult Swallows to a 19-11 victory over the Yomiuri Giants.

Iida connected off Yomiuri reliever Hiroya Tani in the second inning and Suzuki followed with his seventh homer of the season in the third as the Swallows jumped out to an early 6-1 lead at Tokyo Dome.

Takayuki Saito got the Giants back in the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the third but Ryuji Miyade came back with another three-run homer in the top of the fourth.

Yomiuri starter Gary Rath, who took the loss, hit Katsuaki Dobashi in the head with a pitch in the second inning and was ejected.

Tigers 7, Dragons 2

In Gifu, Keiichi Yabu gave up two runs on five hits over 7-2/3 innings as Central League-leading Hanshin defeated Chunichi to open up a comfortable nine-game lead in the standings.

Yabu, who improved to 6-2 on the season, also helped his own cause at the plate when he drove in a run with a single to left in the second inning.

A brawl erupted in the stadium after the game and five fans were taken to the hospital.

Carp 5, BayStars 4

In Hiroshima, Tomonori Maeda belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Takuya Kimura added a solo blast in the fifth to lead the Carp over last-place Yokohama.

Hiroshima starter Chris Brock picked up the win after holding the BayStars to one run on six hits over five innings.

Buffs add right-hander

OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes have acquired St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A right-hander Nerio Rodriguez, officials of the Pacific League club said Tuesday.

Rodriguez, who hails from the Dominican Republic, is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Wednesday.

Kokubo flies back

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks infielder Hiroki Kokubo, who had been rehabilitating after undergoing knee surgery in the United States in April, returned to Japan on Wednesday.

Kokubo had an operation to repair torn ligaments in his right knee at a Los Angeles hospital after injuring the knee in a collision with a catcher during a March 6 preseason game. He was told by doctors he would need six months to recover.

Petagine off the U.S.

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Roberto Petagine, who has been off the active roster since May 13 due to left-knee pain, will leave for the United States on Thursday to undergo treatment, the general manager of the Central League team said Wednesday.

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