• The Associated Press


Kenji Jojima and Tony Batista each drove in a pair of runs Wednesday to lead the Softbank Hawks to a 6-3 win over the Hiroshima Carp.

News photoMakoto Imaoka of the Hanshin Tigers slugs a tie-breaking grand slam in the ninth inning
Wednesday at Osaka Dome. The Tigers beat the Buffaloes 8-4.

Jojima hit a two-run homer in the second inning at Hiroshima Stadium when the Hawks took a 3-0 lead. Batista gave Softbank a comfortable 6-3 lead in the top of the ninth with a double that scored a pair of runs.

Softbank starter Kazumi Saito gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings before giving way to Takahiro Mahara, who held the Carp scoreless over the last two innings for the win.

BayStars 7, Fighters 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Shuichi Murata hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Yokohama BayStars to a 7-1 win over the struggling Nippon Ham Fighters, who lost their sixth game in a row.

Cedrick Bowers picked up the win after holding the Fighters to one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings.

Lions 3, Swallows 2

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima and Jose Fernandez both hit solo homers as the Seibu Lions edged the Yakult Swallows 3-2.

Seibu starter Kazuyuki Hoashi struck out nine while giving up two runs on nine hits over 8 2/3 innings for the win. Kiyoshi Toyoda recorded the final out of the game for the save.

Eagles 4, Dragons 3

At Fullcast Stadium, Yuji Yoshioka drove in the winning run with a clutch single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 4-3 win over the Chunichi Dragons.

Rakuten reliever Kazuo Fukumori gave up one run on three hits over the final two innings for the win.

Giants 7, Marines 4

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Takayuki Shimizu hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to lead the Yomiuri Giants to a 7-4 win over the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines.

Yomiuri reliever Yuya Kubo earned the victory after coming on in the sixth and holding the Marines scoreless over two innings.

The Giants scored two more runs in the top of the ninth after a controversial play involving pinch-hitter Kenji Yano, who appeared to interfere with Lotte catcher Tomoya Satozaki after laying down a bunt.

Lotte manager Bobby Valentine stated his case to the umpires to no avail and the game was delayed for 20 minutes.

Tigers 8, Buffaloes 4

At Osaka Dome, Tomoaki Kanemoto connected for a grand slam in the top of the ninth to lead the Hanshin Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Orix Buffaloes.

Makoto Imaoka, Akihiro Yano and Osamu Hamanaka also homered for the Tigers.

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