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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.

News photoTuffy Rhodes of the Giants celebrates with assistant coach Sumio
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.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

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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