• Kyodo


John Bale pitched seven effective innings and Kan Otake worked two scoreless innings of relief as the fifth-place Hiroshima Carp edged the Chunichi Dragons 3-2 Thursday.

Kenta Kurihara broke a 1-1 tie on an RBI single in the sixth and Bale converted a two-on opportunity and drove in the eventual game winner to give Hiroshima its first victory in five games.

Swallows 4, Tigers 1

At Osaka Dome, Jason Beverlin (6-3) gave up four hits over seventh innings and Ryota Igarashi worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save as Yakult snapped a four-game losing streak.

Giants 10, BayStars 5

At Yokohama Stadium, Masumi Kuwata (2-1) pitched six-plus innings for his second win this season and three relievers combined on a three-hitter the rest of the way as Yomiuri beat the BayStars to reclaim the top spot in the CL standings.

Riggan sidelined

OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers right-hander Jerrod Riggan was diagnosed with damaged ligaments in his right elbow and will likely be out of action for the remainder of the first half of the season, the CL club said Thursday.

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