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Seguignol rips 42nd homer for Fighters

News photoNoriyoshi Omichi of the Hawks hits a two-run homer in the 10th inning of Saturday’s game against the Buffaloes at Osaka Dome. Daiei beat Kintetsu 5-4.

Fernando Seguignol hit his Pacific League-leading 42nd homer of the season Saturday to lead the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 5-4 win over the Seibu Lions.

The former New York Yankee connected in the third inning at Sapporo Dome to give the Fighters a 2-0 lead. Tsuyoshi Shinjo belted a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 4-0.

Nippon Ham starter Shintaro Ejiri picked up the win after holding the Lions to three runs on seven hits over six innings. Yukiya Yokoyama retired the side in the ninth for his 27th save.

Hawks 5, Buffaloes 4 (10)

At Osaka Dome, Noriyoshi Omichi hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to lift Daiei over Kintetsu.

Munenori Kawasaki also drove in a pair of runs as the Hawks opened up a four-game lead over Seibu in the standings.

BlueWave 3, Marines 2

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Hidetaka Kawagoe scattered eight hits over eight innings while giving up one run as Orix edged Lotte.

Arihito Muramatsu and Kazuhiko Shiotani each drove in a run for the last-place BlueWave.

Former New York Mets player, Benny Agbayani hit a solo homer for the Marines in the second inning and Toshiaki Imae drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth before Orix closer Kazuo Yamaguchi retired the side for his 16th save of the season.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 2, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Yoshinobu Takahashi connected for a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to lift Yomiuri over Hanshin.

Yomiuri starter Yuya Kubo picked up the win after holding the Tigers to one run on five hits over seven innings. Hiroshi Kisanuki allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for the save as the Giants kept their slim pennant hopes alive.

BayStars 11, Swallows 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo and Hitoshi Tamura both connected for three-run homers as the BayStars thrashed Yakult.

Yokohama starter Daisuke Miura picked up the win after striking out 12 and holding the Swallows to one run on nine hits over the distance.

Seiichi Uchikawa and Takuro Ishii also homered for the BayStars.

Carp 8, Dragons 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, Shigenobu Shima and Greg LaRocca both slammed two-run homers as the Carp cruised past league-leading Chunichi.

Takaya Kawauchi held the Dragons to two runs on four hits over six innings for the win.

Surgery for Beverlin

Yakult Swallows right-hander Jason Beverlin will undergo elbow surgery and is expected to leave the Central League team after the season, Yakult officials said Saturday.

Beverlin, who has been sidelined since being diagnosed with damaged ligaments in his right elbow last month, will likely return to the United States next week for reconstruction surgery.

Beverlin, who has a team-high nine wins against 11 losses with a 4.42 ERA, was removed from the active roster after hurting the elbow in a game against the Hanshin Tigers on Aug. 23.

He injured the same elbow in August last year and it appears that he requires more than a year to return to the mound.

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