Kazuhiro Kiyohara slammed his 10th and 11th roundtrippers of the year and three other Giants homered as Yomiuri downed the Chunichi Dragons 9-5 at Tokyo Dome on Friday.

Kiyohara connected for a three-run dinger in the third inning off starter Shinya Okamoto (1-1) and added a solo blast in the seventh inning, taking his career home run total to 465 to tie Masahiro Doi for 10th in the all-time home run list.

Tomohiro Nioka — who connected for a solo homer in the fifth for his 18th dinger of the year — and Yoshinobu Takahashi had three hits each.

Lefty Kimiyasu Kudo (4-2) limited Chunichi to two runs over seven innings while fanning eight for the win.

BayStars 7, Carp 3

Ryoji Aikawa pinch-hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh as Yokohama beat Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium for its first win since June 6 at home.

Hitoshi Tamura went 2-for-3 and hit a solo dinger in the seventh as the BayStars put a halt to their losing skid at five.

Carp lefty Ken Takahashi (8-1) gave up five runs on six hits over seven innings and took his first loss of the year as Hiroshima fell to its fourth straight loss.


Lions 5, Buffaloes 3

Kazuo Matsui went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and belted a solo homer in the seventh inning while lefty Kazuyuki Hoashi (2-3) pitched 6 2/3 solid innings as Seibu beat Kintetsu at Seibu Dome.

Alex Cabrera drilled his PL-leading 25th home run in the first inning — a solo dinger off Buffaloes starter Jeremy Powell (6-8).

Fighters 12, BlueWave 1

Michihiro Ogasawara and Yukio Tanaka had two hits each and combined for seven RBIs as Nippon Ham racked up 11 hits en route to romping Orix at Nagoya Dome.

The BlueWave suffered their eighth straight loss, while the Fighters won their third in a row.

Irabu picked for All-Star

Hanshin Tigers right-hander Hideki Irabu was among players picked by managers of the Central and Pacific leagues for the upcoming two-day All-Star series at Osaka Dome and Chiba Marine Stadium.

“It was such a long time ago, and I don’t remember things well. But I am determined to wrack up as many strikeouts as possible,” said Irabu, who last appeared in the All-Star series in 1996. He is currently 9-2 with a CL best 2.52 ERA.

Two rookie hurlers were selected from the CL — Hiroshi Kisanuki of the Giants and Katsuhiro Nagakawa of the Hiroshima Carp — while PL manager Haruki Ihara of the Seibu Lions picked Tsuyoshi Wada of the Daiei Hawks as the only rookie pitcher to play in the summer classic July 15 and 16.

Yakult Swallows veteran catcher Atsuya Furuta will enter for his 14th time, while Yomiuri’s Kazuhiro Kiyohara — who was fans’ second favorite among CL first basemen with more than a million votes — was not picked and missed the series for the first time in his 18-year pro career.

Whiteside on waivers

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) The Yokohama BayStars released hurler Matt Whiteside on Friday as he was placed on waivers by the Central League the same day, club officials said.

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