• The Associated Press


Akihiro Yano hit a three-run homer Tuesday to power the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers to an 8-5 win over the Yomiuri Giants.

News photoRakuten’s Yosuke Takasu is tagged out by Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima Tuesday night at Invoice Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture. The Lions won 4-1.

With the Tigers leading 1-0 at Tokyo Dome, Yano gave Hanshin a 4-0 lead with a homer to left off Yomiuri starter Hisanori Takahashi in the top of the seventh.

Atsushi Fujimoto made it 6-0 with a bases-loaded single up the middle and the Tigers added two more runs in the seventh for an 8-0 lead.

The Giants scored five runs in the eighth to pull to within three runs, but reliever Tomoyuki Kubota retired the side in the ninth for the save.

Hanshin starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyangi yielded just two hits in six scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Takahashi, who is still looking for his first win of the season, took the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Dragons 8, Carp 5

At Hiroshima, Kosuke Fukudome and Alex Ochoa homered as Chunichi downed the Carp.

BayStars 6, Swallows 4 (12)

Takuro Ishii singled off Futoshi Yamabe (0-1) to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th inning and Yokohama added another run on an RBI groundout to edge Yakult at Jingu Stadium in the longest CL game of the season.


Hawks 12, Buffaloes 0

Julio Zuleta went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Softbank to victory over Orix at Kitakyushu Stadium.

Zuleta had a triple in the third inning when the Hawks scored seven runs and added a double in the fifth when Softbank took a 10-0 lead.

Hawks starter Junji Hoshino picked up the win after striking out seven and holding the Buffaloes to seven hits over the distance.

Lions 4, Eagles 1

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Takashi Ishii gave up one run on seven hits over eight innings as Seibu downed Rakuten.

Kiyoshi Toyoda retired the side in the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Kevin Hodges gave up four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings as the Eagles were handed their fifth straight loss.

Marines 4, Fighters 1

At Sapporo Dome, Toshiaki Imae went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as Chiba Lotte downed Hokkaido Nippon Ham to remain one game back of the Hawks.

Marines starter Dan Serafini improved to 2-0 on the season after holding the Fighters to one run on five hits over seven innings.

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