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The Hanshin Tigers pounded out 17 hits and capitalized on nine walks and five errors to demolish the Hiroshima Carp 21-2 on Saturday and move five games ahead of the second-place Chunichi Dragons.

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Shane Spencer of the Hanshin Tigers is tagged out by Hiroshima Cap catcher Yoshikazu Kura during the fourth inning at Koshien Stadium.

Yuya Ando (10-5) pitched six effective innings and drove in a pair of runs at the plate while Andy Sheets and Akihiro Yano had three RBIs each to help the Tigers set a club record with 21 runs.

Ando turned the game around with a go-ahead double off Hiroshima starter Takayuki Oshima (1-2) in the second inning and held Hiroshima to two runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

Norihiro Akahoshi followed Ando with an RBI single in the second, making it 3-1. Hanshin then added four runs each in the next two innings featuring a three-run homer by Yano and a two-run homer by Tomoaki Kanemoto.

Giants 8, Dragons 5

At Tokyo Dome, Hiroki Kokubo hit a pair of two-run homers and doubled home the go-ahead run as Yomiuri handed Chunichi its third straight loss.

Kokubo helped Yomiuri lead 5-1 through three innings with his homers but Chunichi tied the game at five in the top of the seventh following an RBI single by Tyrone Woods.

Swallows 6, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Dicky Gonzalez pitched eight strong innings and helped his own cause with a bases-clearing double as Yakult cruised past the BayStars.

Gonzalez gave up one-run on six hits and no walks and hit a two-out double down the right-field line in the sixth inning to give Yakult a 4-1 lead.


Hawks 6, Eagles 3

At Sendai’s Fullcast Stadium, Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit his Pacific League-leading 41st homer Saturday to power Softbank to a win over Tohoku Rakuten.

News photoHawks slugger Nobuhiko Matsunaka watches his three-run homer against the Eagles at Fullcast Stadium.

Matsunaka hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give Sadaharu Oh’s team an early 3-0 lead.

Fighters 2, Buffaloes 1

At Sapporo Dome, Satoru Kanemura gave up one run on five hits over the distance as Hokkaido Nippon Ham edged Orix.

Fernando Seguignol and Tsuyoshi Shinjo each connected for solo homers in the second inning to give Kanemura all the run support he would need.

Marines 8, Lions 4

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Matt Franco connected for a three-run homer in the third inning to lead Chiba Lotte past the Lions.

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