NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Shinjiro Hiyama, George Arias and Yoshinori Okihara each drove in three runs as the Hanshin Tigers cranked out 18 hits, including five runs in the first and seven runs in the second inning, for a 14-3 victory over the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League on Saturday.
The Tigers, who saw their magic number for clinching the league pennant reduced to 46 at Koshien Stadium, made good on four Yomiuri errors and had eight hits in the second to make it 12-0. Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (6-2) pitched a five-hitter over the distance and struck out nine while Gary Rath (3-4) got just four outs for the Giants.
In what appeared a repeat performance of their 14-1 demoralization to the Tigers on Friday, the Giants managed only five hits, including Tomohiro Nioka’s two-run homer in a three-run ninth, before they sank to a season-low fifth straight loss.
Swallows 9, BayStars 5
At Akita Prefectural Stadium, Shinya Miyamoto and Atsunori Inaba both drew bases-loaded walks off Masahiro Tazaki (1-1) to break a 5-5 tie with two out in the seventh inning, as Yakult prevailed over Yokohama for its fourth win in a row.
Mitsuru Manaka’s two-out single drove in two runs for insurance in the eighth and Yakult won despite a pair of homers from Katsuaki Furuki and a two-run drive by Hitoshi Tamura for Yokohama. Yataro Sakamoto (3-1) came on to escape a two-out, bases loaded jam in the sixth and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings for the win.
Carp 6, Dragons 4
At Hiroshima Stadium, Kenjiro Nomura hit a solo homer and a two-run, go-ahead double off Masataka Endo (1-2) with one out in the eighth inning as the Carp overcame an early four-run deficit to defeat Chunichi.
Rookie Katsuhiko Nagakawa closed out the ninth for his 13th save of the season.
Baffaloes 14, Fighters 11
Fumitoshi Takano hit three home runs and Tuffy Rhodes homered twice as Kintetsu went deep eight times in an 18-hit assault to beat Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome.
Takano had homers in three consecutive at-bats and went 4-for-5 with five RBIs to give Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5) plenty of help to post the win after he allowed five runs in six innings of work. After the Fighters pulled within three, Rhodes hit his league-leading 30th blast to make it stand in the eighth.
Hawks 6, Lions 3
At Seibu Dome, Munenori Kawasaki’s infield single off Shuichiro Osada (4-3) broke 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a two-run homer for the final blow as Daiei downed the Lions.
BlueWave 10, Marines 7
At Yahoo BB Stadium in Kobe, Jose Ortiz belted a two-run homer and Roosevelt Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Masahiko Kaneda and the Orix bullpen held off to halt an eight-game losing streak to Lotte with a victory.
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