• Kyodo


Makoto Imaoka hit a grand slam in the eight inning to rally the front-running Hanshin Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the Yokahama BayStars to end their four-game skid in the Central League on Thursday.

Yokohama took a 2-1 lead through the fifth before Norihiro Akahoshi sparked the charge with a single to left to set up Imaoka’s dramatic one-out homer to the stands in left field at Yokohama Stadium.

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