Shinjiro Hiyama led off the eighth inning with a solo roundtripper for the go-ahead run as the red-hot Hanshin Tigers comfortably picked up from where they left off before the All-Star break, beating the Hiroshima Carp 4-3 at Koshien Stadium on Friday.

It was the Tigers’ fourth straight win and ninth in a row at their home stadium.

Tied 3-all, Hiyama deposited a Masayuki Hasegawa offering into the bleachers for his 12th homer of the year.

Hasegawa (0-4) struck out 10 but gave up four runs on nine hits over 7 2/3 innings for the loss.

Hanshin reliever Jarrod Rigan pitched one-hit ball for two innings and picked up his first win in six appearances while Yuya Ando got one out for his second save.

BayStars 9, Giants 5

Masakuni Odajima pinch-hit a “sayonara” grand slam in the bottom of the 11th to lift Yokohama over Yomiuri at Yokohama Stadium.


Fighters 4, Lions 0

Itsuki Shoda (3-9) combined with Yoshinori Tateyama on a three-hit shutout as Nippon Ham blanked Seibu at Tokyo Dome, handing the Lions their fourth straight loss.

Shoda gave up two hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Marines 4, Hawks 3

Hiroyuki Kobayashi (4-6) pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, holding Daiei to three hits while fanning 10 as Lotte edged the Hawks at Chiba Marine Stadium.

The Marines took a 1-0 lead with Kazuya Fukuura’s solo homer in the third before Koichi Hori slammed a three-run blast in the fifth for the Marines.

BlueWave 4, Buffaloes 1

Lefty Koo Dae Sung (4-6) scattered six hits while fanning seven over six innings for the win as Orix downed Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.

Buffs starter Jeremy Powell (7-9) allowed four runs on six hits — including homers to Kazuhiko Shiotani and Takeshi Yamasaki — over 6 2/3 innings in taking the loss.

‘Stars want Shinjo

Kyodo News The Yokohama BayStars will set out to sign major leaguer Tsuyoshi Shinjo to a contract for next season if he is released by the New York Mets in the next 10 days, Yokohama executive Masatake Yamanaka hinted Friday.

“We are very interested in acquiring him,” Yamanaka said of Shinjo, who was removed from the 40-man roster on Thursday after struggling at Triple-A and now has 10 days to be traded, released or outrighted by his club.

Meanwhile, the Hanshin Tigers, whom Shinjo played for in the 1991-2000 seasons before joining the Mets, were less responsive.

“I don’t know him very well and I’m not interested,” said Hanshin manager Senichi Hoshino.

Due to the regulation which cites that players are not allowed to sign new contracts after July 1, Shinjo will not be eligible to play for a Japanese club any time this season even if he is released.

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