• The Associated Press


Greg LaRocca hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Hiroshima Carp outlasted the Orix Buffaloes 16-14 in interleague play.

News photoKatsuaki Furuki of the Yokohama BayStars is tagged out at home plate by Fighters catcher
Satoshi Nakajima in Sunday’s game at Sapporo Dome. Hokkaido Nippon Ham won the interleague
contest 5-3.

LaRocca, who went 4-for-6 with four RBIs at Skymark Stadium, gave the Carp a two-run cushion before John Bale retired the side in the bottom of the ninth for the save.

Tomonori Maeda also drove in four runs for Hiroshima.

Cliff Brumbaugh and Hirotoshi Kitagawa had four RBIs each for the Buffaloes.

There were 42 hits in the slugfest, the second most in a game in Japanese baseball history.

Tigers 7, Eagles 4

At Koshien Stadium, Shinjiro Hiyama hit a two-run homer as Hanshin erupted for six runs in the sixth inning on its way to a win over Rakuten.

Jamie Brown came on in the sixth inning and picked up the win after holding the Eagles scoreless.

Rakuten ace Hisashi Iwakuma took the loss after giving up seven runs on 10 hits over the course of 5 2/3 innings.

Swallows 1, Marines 0

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Masanori Ishikawa struck out eight and gave up five hits over seven scoreless innings as streaking Yakult blanked Chiba Lotte for its seventh straight win.

Fighters 5, BayStars 3

At Sapporo Dome, Michihiro Ogasawara homered and drove in a pair of runs as Hokkaido Nippon Ham downed Yokohama.

Michael Nakamura picked up the win after coming on in the sixth inning and then holding the BayStars scoreless over 1 2/3 innings.

Hawks 4, Dragons 2

At Nagoya Dome, Tony Batista drove in a pair of runs to lead Softbank to a win over Chunichi.

The Hawks reliever Kazuhiro Takeoka came on in the fourth and held the Dragons scoreless over three innings for the win. Koji Mise retired the side in the ninth for the save.

Giants 10, Lions 5

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Tuffy Rhodes drove in two runs in the top of the eighth inning on a towering pop fly that landed in the midst of three fielders as Yomiuri rallied for a win over the Lions.

Rhodes’ fly gave the Giants a 6-5 lead and Yomiuri scored four more runs in the top of the ninth to take two out of three from Seibu.

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