Hanshin slugger George Arias went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Akihiro Yano also rapped out four hits as the Tigers defeated the Hiroshima Carp 7-4 at Hiroshima Stadium on Tuesday to slash their magic number to nine.

News photoHanshin’s Yutaka Nakamura eludes the tag of the Carp’s Takuya Kimura while stealing second base.

Arias homered in back-to-back at-bats — his 29th and 30th clouts — in the second and fourth, connected for an RBI single in the fifth, and doubled home a run in the seventh.

Hanshin starter Hideki Irabu (13-6) picked up the win, limiting Hiroshima to two runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out six.

Ken Takahashi (9-6) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings.

Giants 3, Dragons 0

Rookie right-hander Hiroshi Kisanuki scattered five hits over the distance for his second career shutout as Yomiuri downed Hiroshima at Kurashiki Muscat Stadium in Okayama Prefecture.

Kisanuki (9-4) went the distance on 120 pitches, walking none and fanning eight to increase his CL-leading strikeouts to 166.

Swallows 6, BayStars 3

Ken Suzuki smashed a tie-breaking three-run dinger in the eighth off BayStars reliever Masahiro Tazaki (2-2) as Yakult downed Yokohama at Nagano’s Olympic Stadium, snapping its losing streak at three.

Ryota Igarashi (4-3) picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief of rookie starter Yuhei Takai, who gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings.

Yokohama slugger Tyrone Woods cracked his 31st dinger of the year in the third for a share of the CL home-run lead with Alex Ramirez, who belted his 31st homer in the sixth.


Buffaloes 3, Lions 2

Kintetsu scored the go-ahead runs on Tuffy Rhodes’ RBI single and a throwing error in the seventh as it downed Seibu at Osaka Dome, putting a halt to the Lions’ win streak at four.

Jeremy Powell (12-11) gave up two runs on seven hits in seven frames for the win, while Lions hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka (15-6) tossed nine-hit ball over the distance in taking the loss.

BlueWave 8, Marines 7

Kazuhiko Shiotani singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Orix beat Lotte with a “sayonara” win at Kobe’s Yahoo BB Stadium.

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