George Arias blasted a pair of two run home runs and drove in five runs while Kei Igawa (11-3) picked up his ninth straight win, leading the Hanshin Tigers to an 8-4 victory over the Hiroshima Carp Tuesday at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, the birth place of Hanshin manager Senichi Hoshino.

The Tigers won seventh consecutive game and, combined with the Yomiuri Giants’ 2-1 defeat to the Yakult Swallows, clinched the magic number to their first Central League pennant since 1985 at 49.

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