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Catcher Atsuya Furuta hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to power the Yakult Swallows to a 6-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants.

News photoHokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters slugger Tsuyoshi Shinjo belts a grand slam off Fukuoka Daiei
Hawks reliever Shintaro Yoshitake at Sapporo Dome as the Fighters record a 14-4 victory.

Ken Suzuki gave the Swallows a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning at Tokyo Dome with a solo homer off Yomiuri reliever Hideki Okajima and Furuta widened the lead in the next inning with his 19th homer of the season.

Yakult starter Masanori Ishikawa picked up the win after holding the Giants to one run on six hits over eight innings.

Dragons 10, Tigers 5

At Nagoya Dome, Motonobu Tanishige went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to power Central League-leading Chunichi to a win over Hanshin.

Leadoff hitter Masahiro Araki chipped in with two RBIs as the Dragons opened up a five-game lead over the Giants in the standings.

Carp 5, BayStars 3 (11)

At Yokohama Stadium, Koichi Ogata and Itsuki Asai both drove in a run in the top of the 11th inning to lead Hiroshima past the BayStars.

Koji Hiroike came on in the ninth and held the BayStars scoreless over two innings of relief to pick up the win.

Kan Otake retired the side in the 11th for the save.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Marines 6, Lions 1

At Seibu Dome, Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Koichi Hori hit back-to-back homers in the second inning as Lotte scored three runs on its way to a win over the Lions.

Lotte starter Hiroyuki Kobayashi went seven innings while giving up one run on five hits for the win.

Fighters 14, Hawks 4

At Sapporo Dome, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to power Nippon Ham past league-leading Daiei.

Shinjo’s 15th homer of the season off Daiei reliever Shintaro Yoshitake gave the Fighters a 6-2 lead.

Nippon Ham starter Itsuki Shoda held the Hawks to four runs on seven hits while striking out six over eight innings for the win.

Hawks first baseman Nobuhiko Matsunaka belted a two-run shot, his 37th homer of the season, in the eight inning.

BlueWave at Buffaloes — ppd.

Tokaidai Kofu through

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Second baseman Mitsuru Shimizu hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday as Tokaidai Kofu came back from six runs down to beat Seiko Gakuin 9-8 and reach the quarterfinals of the National High School Baseball Championship.

In a third-round game postponed from Tuesday because of rain, Tokaidai Kofu trailed 6-0 and 8-6 before Shimizu’s shot into the right-center stands of Koshien Stadium gave the Yamanashi Prefecture school the final spot in the final eight of the annual tournament.

Keita Sano, the fourth pitcher for Tokaidai Kofu, held Seiko Gakuin scoreless with just one hit in the final three innings after the Fukushima school pounded out 12 hits through the sixth and appeared headed for victory.

Tokaidai Kofu advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 19 years.

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