Shinjiro Hiyama connected for a solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday, lifting the Hanshin Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Giants in the Central League and ending Yomiuri’s home run streak at 33.
Thursday at Tokyo Dome. The Tigers won 4-3.
Hiyama deposited a Brian Sikorski (1-2) offering into the centerfield seats to give front-running Hanshin the lead for good in a 10-hit attack at Tokyo Dome.
Hanshin’s Shinobu Fukuhara (6-1) threw a wild pitch that scored a run in the fifth but redeemed himself with a lead-off homer off starter Masanori Hayashi that knotted the score 3-all in the seventh.
Fukuhara’s first homer of the season — his career second — knocked out Hayashi, who was charged with three runs on seven hits in six innings in his fifth start.
The Giants capitalized on two mistakes by Hanshin in the fifth, scoring a run to tie it 1-1 on a throwing error before Fukuhara pitched wildly to Tuffy Rhodes to chase a runner home from third.
Yoshinobu Takahashi tacked on another run to make it 3-1 with an RBI single to left before Rhodes, who was issued an intentional walk, was tagged out at third to end the inning.
Hayashi loaded the bases on two hits and a walk in the sixth and a run scored on a bases-loaded groundout to cut the deficit to 3-2, leading up to Fukuhara’s homer.
The Giants rewrote a 17-game home run streak set by the Hankyu Braves (now Orix BlueWave) in 1969 and surpassed the Central League mark of 23 straight games with homers recorded by Hanshin during the 1977 season.
The Seibu Lions hold the Japanese pro baseball record of hitting home runs in 35 consecutive games from Aug. 14 to Sept. 27, 1986.
OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers outfielder Mike Kinkade was diagnosed with a fractured left ring finger and was told by doctors he would need to wear a cast for the next four weeks, baseball sources said Thursday.
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