Tuffy Rhodes hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Saturday to lift the Yomiuri Giants to an 8-6 win over the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers.
Hirota at first base after hitting a tie-breaking three-run homer in the ninth
inning Saturday at Koshien Stadium. Yomiuri beat Hanshin 8-6.
Rhodes, who went hitless in his first three at-bats at Koshien Stadium, connected off Hanshin reliever Jeff Williams for his 18th homer of the season.
Takashi Toritani gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run homer to left. But the Giants came right back to tie the game in the second inning on a two-run homer by catcher Shinnosuke Abe.
Carp 16, Dragons 12
At Hiroshima Stadium, Shigenobu Shima hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Takahiro Arai added a two-run blast in the eighth as Hiroshima downed Chunichi in a slugfest.
The Carp starter Masayuki Hasegawa picked up the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings.
Swallows 5, BayStars 2
At Akita Stadium, Akinori Iwamura drove in a pair of runs with a single up the middle in the third inning, leading Yakult to a win over Yokohama.
Shohei Tateyama held the BayStars to two runs on eight hits over five innings for the win.
Buffaloes 9, Marines 2
At Skymark Stadium, Hirotoshi Kitagawa drove in four runs to lead Orix to a win over Chiba Lotte.
Kitagawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and then added a solo shot in the seventh as the Buffaloes handed the Marines their third straight loss. Karim Garcia also hit a solo homer in the seventh.
Eagles 11, Lions 7 (11)
At Nagano Olympic Stadium, Daisuke Masuda drove in the go-ahead run with a single to left in the top of the 11th inning to lift Rakuten to a win over Seibu.
Hawks 6, Fighters 5 (11)
At Yahoo Dome, pinch hitter Tatsuya Ide drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Softbank to a win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
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