Akihiro Yano, Tomoaki Kanemoto and Makoto Imaoka each homered off a shaky Scott Mullen in a nine-run eruption in the second inning as the Central-League leading Hanshin Tigers went on to rip the Yomiuri Giants 9-1 on Thursday night at Tokyo Dome.

News photoHanshin’s Takashi Toritani hits an RBI single during the second inning of Thursday’s game
against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome. Hanshin won 9-1.

Imaoka sparked the rout with a run-scoring single followed by Yano’s two-out solo blast to right field as the Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the explosive inning.

Andy Sheets delivered a two-run single to set the stage for Kanemoto’s three-run drive and Imaoka’s home run to left field that capped the scoring in an 11-hit attack.

Yuya Ando (5-5) pitched his career first complete game, yielding only four hits, including a homer to pinch-hitter Takatomi Sogawa, with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Mullen (5-5) got rocked for nine runs in 1 2/3 innings in taking the loss.

Swallows 6, Carp 2

Masanori Ishikawa (7-6) struck out seven over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and Alex Ramirez and Norichika Aoki drove in four runs between them as Yakult beat Hiroshima at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.

Ramirez hit a two-run bases-loaded single with two out in the fifth and Aoki followed with a two-run double in the sixth to cushion the lead.

Hirotoshi Ishii picked up his 21st save.

Hiroshima squandered a no-out, bases-loaded opportunity in the second.


Fighters 12, Eagles 2

In Sendai, Tomochika Tsuboi ignited an eight-run uprising in the seventh inning with a tiebreaking single as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters romped to a victory over last-place Rakuten.

Tsuboi, who was 4-for-5 with two RBIs on the night, delivered the decisive blow with one out in the seventh.

Satoru Kanemura (9-7) limited the damage to two runs while scattering nine hits and striking out four with no walks to win his first decision in a month.

Hisashi Iwakuma (7-9) got tagged with the loss after surrendering eight runs and 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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