• The Associated Press


Koichi Ogata belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday to lead the Hiroshima Carp to a 4-1 victory over the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers.

News photoNippon Ham starter Itsuki Shoda unleashes a pitch against the Daiei Hawks at Tokyo Dome. The Hawks won
12-9 after 10 innings.

Ogata connected for his 23rd homer of the season and Hiroshima added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning at Hiroshima Stadium as the Carp snapped the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when catcher Toshihiro Noguchi connected for a solo homer off former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Brock.

Brock (7-6) picked up the win after holding the Tigers to one run on five hits over eight innings. Katsuhiro Nagakawa retired the side in the ninth for his 22nd save.

Swallows 3, BayStars 1

At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura hit a solo homer in the first inning and Ryuji Miyade added a two-run blast in the fourth as Yakult defeated Yokohama.

Masanori Ishikawa (9-10) picked up the win after holding the BayStars to one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Shingo Takatsu retired the side in the ninth for his league-leading 28th save.


Hawks 12, Fighters 9

At Tokyo Dome, Kenji Jojima drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to lift front-running Daiei to a win over Nippon Ham.

Jojima’s sharp grounder bounced off the glove of Nippon Ham reliever Naoyuki Tateishi as the go-ahead run scored from third. Noriyoshi Omichi settled the matter with a double off the wall in left that scored two more runs and gave the Hawks a 12-9 lead.

Hiroshi Shibahara hit a clutch, bases-loaded double as the Hawks rallied for six runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 9-7 lead.

Nippon Ham’s Michihiro Ogasawara tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a triple to center field that scored a pair of runs.

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