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Shuichi Murata tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and Tatsuhiko Kinjo hit a two-run walkoff blast, his second homer of the night, in the 11th for the winning run as the Yokohama BayStars beat the Yomiuri Giants 11-9 after 11 innings in a game featuring a total of 11 home runs and 14 pitchers.

News photoTsuyoshi Shinjo of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters strikes a pose wearing a Spiderman mask prior to Sunday’s game against the Orix BlueWave at Tokyo Dome.

Hiroki Kokubo broke an 8-8 tie with a solo homer in the top of the ninth and Tuffy Rhodes delivered two of Yomiuri’s six homers as the Giants came back from an eight-run deficit in a 28-hit seesaw slugfest at Yokohama Stadium.

Yokohama took an 8-0 lead after three innings on a three-run blast from Hitoshi Taneda and Ryoji Aikawa’s two-run drive in a six-run first. Rhodes capped a four-run fifth with a three-run homer and hit his league-leading 33rd shot in the seventh.

Swallows 9, Tigers 6

At Koshien Stadium, Atsuya Furuta hit a two-run double to highlight a five-run third inning and Shogo Fujii (3-5) allowed five hits over six scoreless innings as Yakult won its fourth straight against Hanshin.

Shinya Miyamoto hit a solo shot in the fourth and Akinori Iwamura added a two-run drive in the sixth before Hanshin rallied to cut a nine-run deficit with four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. Shinobu Fukuhara (8-7) was knocked out in two-plus innings.

Carp 10, Dragons 6

At Nagoya Dome, Koichi Ogata and Shigenobu Shima both hit their 18th homers of the season while Andy Sheets and Kenta Kurihara had three hits a piece to lead Hiroshima past CL-leading Chunichi.


Lions 13, Buffaloes 4

At Osaka Dome, Tomoaki Sato had three hits with four RBIs and Hiroyuki Takagi went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs in a 20-hit attack as Seibu downed Osaka Kintetsu after dropping the first two of a three-game series.

Kazuyuki Hoashi (5-2) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in his career first complete-game effort.

Kevin Beirne (5-6) gave up nine runs on 12 hits and was chased after 4 2/3 innings.

Hawks 0, Marines 0 (12)

At Fukuoka Dome, veteran Satoru Komiyama pitched a four-hitter over eight strong innings against the potent lineup of the Pacific League frontrunners as Lotte and Daiei played to a tie.

Komiyama issued two walks in a heated duel with Yasushi Kamiuchi, who held the visitor to five hits in seven innings in his first career start in a game featuring 10 pitchers altogether.

Lotte wasted a one-out, bases-loaded opportunity created through a Benny Agbayani leadoff double and two errors by Daiei reliever Koji Mise in the top of the 11th inning. Mise escaped the jam by retiring the next two batters on groundouts.

Fighters 8, BlueWave 5

At Tokyo Dome, Michihiro Ogasawara, Kazuteru Shimada and Sherman Obando each had two RBIs and Tsuyoshi Shinjo went 3-for-5 as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Orix.

Carlos Mirabal (6-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win and Yukiya Yokoyama got the final out for his 22nd save this season. Orix reliever Satoshi Tokumoto (0-1) took the loss after giving up two-run homers to Ogasawara and Obando.

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