Hiroshima first baseman Takahiro Arai smashed three homers but it was not enough for the Carp as they fell to the Hanshin Tigers 10-7 at Hiroshima Stadium on Saturday.

News photoTakahiro Arai of the Hiroshima Carp connects for his third homer in a game
against the Hanshin Tigers at Hiroshima Stadium.

Arai nailed a two-run homer and a solo shot in the second and fourth innings, respectively, off Tigers starter Hideki Irabu, and added a solo blast in the eighth off reliever Shinobu Fukuhara.

Down 6-5 in the seventh, Hanshin tied the game on Akihiro Yano’s RBI single.

With one out in the eighth, the Tigers loaded the bases on three straight walks before Shinjiro Hiyama drilled a grand slam.

George Arias hit his 38th homer of the year to grab a share of the CL home run lead with Yokohama’s Tyrone Woods.

BayStars 3, Dragons 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Rookie Yuki Yoshimura belted his first career home run — a two-run shot in the seventh — as the BayStars beat Chunichi.

Takeo Kawamura (5-7) allowed one run on four hits over eight innings and rookie Takeharu Kato pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Hitoshi Taneda went 3-for-4 and singled home the game-tying run in the sixth.


Marines 9, Lions 6

Kiyoshi Hatsushiba’s pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth lifted Lotte over Seibu at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Jose Fernandez connected for his 30th and 31st homers.

Kawai undecided

Yomiuri Giants infielder Masahiro Kawai, who will retire at the end of the season after 21 years with the Tokyo club, said Saturday he needs more time to decide whether he will take a coaching job with the team next season.

Kawai had apparently already agreed to take a coaching position after he was approached by manager Tatsunori Hara but has begun wavering since Hara decided to step down from the helm last Friday.

“Right now, I can’t give a reply. I told the club that I need some more time to consider it,” Kawai said from his home in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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