The Hanshin Tigers overcame a 2-1 deficit and an injury to starter Kei Igawa to win their seventh game in a row by defeating the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on Wednesday at Hiroshima Stadium.
With the Carp up 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Atsushi Kataoka hit a two-run double and George Arias belted a two-run homer to cap a four-run attack.
It was Arias’ 31st roundtripper of the season and he shares the Central League lead for home runs with Yakult’s Alex Ramirez and Yokohama’s Tyrone Woods.
Igawa injured his knee when he tried to pick up a grounder by Andy Sheets during the third inning. He was later examined at a Hiroshima hospital.
Giants 5, Dragons 4
At Osaka Dome, Chris Latham drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Yomiuri a “sayonara” victory over Chunichi.
BayStars 5, Swallows 4
At Jingu Stadium, Seiichi Uchikawa broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning by singling home the winning run as Yokohama downed Yakult.
Fighters 3, Hawks 3 (12)
Nippon Ham’s pinch hitter Kazuteru Shimada hit a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Fighters and PL-leading Daiei played to a 12-inning tie at Tokyo Dome.
Marines 13, BlueWave 9
At Yahoo BB Stadium, Lotte registered 15 hits to drive in 13 runs and beat Orix.
No swimming allowed
OSAKA (Kyodo) The city of Osaka and nine local organizations asked the Hanshin Tigers head office Wednesday to ensure that Hanshin fans refrain from jumping into the Dotombori River if the club wins the Central League pennant.
Team officials said they will study measures while seeking cooperation from the mass media.
The request came in a letter from the city and the nine, including the shopping district around the river in Osaka’s Minami Ward.
Sheldon calls it quits
KOBE (Kyodo) Orix BlueWave infielder Scott Sheldon has decided to leave the team and is scheduled to return home to the United States on Thursday, officials of the Pacific League club said Wednesday.
The former Texas Rangers infielder compiled a .253 batting average with eight homers in 60 games this season.
Sheldon, 34, was quoted as saying he regretted that he was unable to contribute much to the BlueWave, who are in last place.
Orix president resigns
KOBE (Kyodo) Orix BlueWave team president Yutaka Okazoe has resigned to take responsibility for the Pacific League club’s dismal performance this season, team sources said Wednesday.
Takashi Koizumi, president of a company affiliated with the Orix group, took over as team president the same day.
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