• Kyodo


George Arias, Kentaro Sekimoto and Kenichiro Hayakawa each homered to provide the fireworks as lefty Kei Igawa and the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Hiroshima Carp 4-1 on Tuesday night at Koshien Stadium, a day after clinching the Central League pennant for the first time in 18 years.

Igawa (17-5) went the distance, allowing just three hits while walking none, and retired the last 16 batters he faced.

BayStars 5, Swallows 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Tyrone Woods went deep twice to take the CL lead with his 36th homer as Yokohama outslugged Yakult.

Dragons 19, Giants 2

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi scored 12 runs in the sixth inning to beat Yomiuri, which lost its ninth straight game for the first time in 28 years.


Buffaloes 7, Hawks 6

At Osaka Dome, Kintetsu catcher Tetsuya Matoyama drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, leading the Buffs to a win over PL front-runner Daiei.

Lions 6, BlueWave 5

At Kobe’s Yahoo BB Stadium, Tatsuya Ozeki singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Seibu edged Orix to move within three games of the Hawks.

Marines 16, Fighters 4

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