• The Associated Press


Catcher Akihiro Yano connected for a grand slam in the seventh inning to lift Central League-leading Hanshin to an 11-6 win over struggling Hokkaido Nippon Ham in interleague play.

The Fighters, who have lost nine straight, took a 5-0 lead at Koshien Stadium before the Tigers came roaring back with five runs in the sixth.

Yano then gave Hanshin the lead for good in the seventh with his seventh homer of the season as the Tigers won their fifth straight game.

Hanshin reliever Kyuji Fujikawa picked up the win after working a scoreless seventh for the Tigers.

Eagles 6, Carp 3

At Fullcast Stadium, former Montreal Expos infielder Luis Lopez drove in a pair of runs with a triple Saturday as Rakuten scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on its way to a win over Hiroshima.

A Lopez triple to right field helped the Eagles erase a 3-2 deficit while snapping a two-game losing skid.

Rakuten reliever Toyohiko Yoshida picked up his first win of the season after working a scoreless seventh. Kazuo Fukumori recorded the final four outs for his fifth save.

Carp reliever Choji Mori took the loss after coming on in the seventh and giving up three runs.

Buffaloes 10, BayStars 7

At Yokohama Stadium, Yoshitomo Tani hit a two-run homer as Orix scored five runs in the first inning on its way to a win over the BayStars.

Hirotoshi Kitagawa, Masahiro Abe and Fumihiro Suzuki all had RBI hits in the top of the ninth when the Buffaloes scored three runs.

Hitoshi Tamura went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a two-run homer for the BayStars, who lost their second straight game after a five-game winning streak.

Tamura had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth but struck out with two out and runners on first and third.

Marines 11, Dragons 5

At Nagoya Dome, Benny Agbayani connected for a two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning as Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte defeated Chunichi in a 24-hit slugfest.

Ken Yamasaki got the final out in the fourth inning for his first win this season. Masahiro Yamamoto was chased after 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on six hits.

Hawks 7, Swallows 3

At Yahoo Dome, Jolbert Cabrera hit a grand slam in the third inning as Softbank downed Yakult.

Tsuyoshi Wada struck out 11 while giving up three runs on nine hits over the distance as the Hawks kept pace with the Marines in the Pacific League standings.

Lions 12, Giants 5

At Tokyo Dome, infielder Takeya Nakamura drove in four runs — including a two-run homer in the sixth inning — to lead Seibu to a win over lowly Yomiuri.

Former Giants pitcher Junichi Kawahara picked up the win after giving up five runs on five hits over six innings.

Tuffy Rhodes, Hiroki Kokubo and Yoshinobu Takahashi homered for Yomiuri.

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