• The Associated Press


Kenjiro Nomura hit a grand slam Saturday and Yasuhiro Oyamada tossed a two-hitter over the distance as the Hiroshima Carp downed the Yokohama BayStars 5-3.

News photoHanshin Tigers third baseman Makoto Imaoka tags out Chunichi Dragons baserunner Alex Ochoa in the fourth inning Saturday at Nagoya Dome. The Tigers won 2-1 in 10 innings.

Nomura’s homer off Seibu starter Yoshihiro Doi in the bottom of the sixth inning at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium gave the Carp a 5-0 lead.

“I was surprised,” said Nomura. “I was just trying to make good contact. When I hit it, I didn’t think it would go out but it did.”

Oyamada, who struck out eight, gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Witt in the top of the ninth but held on to pick up his second win of the season.

Tigers 2, Dragons 1 (10)

At Nagoya Dome, Andy Sheets drove in the winning run with a single to right field in the top of the 10th inning to lift Hanshin over Chunichi.

Hanshin reliever Tomoyuki Kubota worked the final two innings to pick up the win as the Tigers moved back into sole possession of first place.

Swallows 4, Giants 3

At Jingu Stadium, pinch-hitter Ryuji Miyade hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Yakult to a sayonara victory over Yomiuri.

Tomohiro Nioka doubled in a run to tie the game in the top of the ninth before Yomiuri reliever Masanori Hayashi gave up the game-ending homer to Miyade.


Fighters 5, Eagles 3

At Tokyo Dome, Atsunori Inaba drove in a pair of runs on a clutch double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a win over Tohoku Rakuten.

With the game tied 3-3, Inaba’s double to right off Rakuten starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave the Fighters their third straight win.

Starter Satoru Kanemura struck out 12 and picked up the win after holding the Eagles to three runs on seven hits over the distance.

Buffaloes 9, Lions 4

At Osaka Dome, Hirotoshi Kitagawa hit a three-run homer and former New York Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia connected for a solo home run as Orix downed Seibu.

Garcia hit his first homer in Japan in the bottom of the third and Kitagawa gave the Buffaloes a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth with his second homer of the season.

Hawks 4, Marines 3

At Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenji Jojima and Julio Zuleta hit three consecutive homers in the fourth inning as Softbank rallied for a win over Chiba Lotte.

Nagisa Arakaki tossed a six-hitter over seven strong innings and yielded two runs for his first victory this season as the Hawks returned to first place in the Pacific League standings.

Mullen is a Giant

The Associated Press The Yomiuri Giants announced Saturday that they have acquired former Yokohama BayStars pitcher Scott Mullen.

Mullen, who has major league experience with the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers, had a 7-10 record last season for the BayStars with a 4.71 ERA in 28 games.

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