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Andy Sheets and Tomoaki Kanemoto each had four hits and combined for five RBIs and Akihiro Yano homered twice as the Hanshin Tigers pounded out a season-high 22 hits to beat the Yomiuri Giants 15-2 on Wednesday.

News photoHanshin pinch hitter Osamu Hamanaka hits an RBI double in the fifth inning against the Yomiuri Giants on
Wednesday at Tokyo Dome.

Hanshin broke a scoreless tie in a six-run fifth inning that included back-to-back RBI singles from Sheets and Kanemoto and was capped by Yano’s two-run shot at Tokyo Dome. Yomiuri had its winning streak snapped at six games.

Kanemoto and Lin Wei-zhu singled in runs to make it 8-0 in the sixth. Sheets hit a two-run homer and Yano added a three-run drive in a seven-run eighth.

Ryan Vogelsong (6-3) allowed four hits with two walks in five shutout innings.

Swallows 5, BayStars 3

At Jingu Stadium, Shinya Miyomoto hit a go-ahead two-run single and Ryo Kawashima pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball as Tokyo Yakult beat Yokohama to end a five-game losing streak.

Miyamoto’s base hit to right off Yoshihiro Doi (7-6) scored two runners for a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Alex Ramirez, Norichika Aoki and Noriyuki Shiroishi each hit solo homers for Yakult to make it 5-1.

Carp 7, Dragons 6

At Nagoya Dome, Eishin Soyogi hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and capped his four-hit night with an RBI single in the ninth as Hiroshima edged Chunichi to end a four-game losing skid.


Fighters 3, Eagles 2

At Sapporo Dome, Fernando Seguignol hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning Wednesday, lifting the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to regain first place in the Pacific League standings.

Nippon Ham went ahead 2-0 through the fifth before a Takeshi Yamasaki two-run double tied the game in the top of the eighth.

Seguignol teed off on reliever Kanehisa Arime (1-6), sending a shot over the left-field wall for the decisive blow. Micheal Nakamura (1-2) won his first decision this season despite allowing two runs in one-third of an inning.

Lions 6, Hawks 2

At Goodwill Dome, third baseman Hiroki Kokubo made a costly error that broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning and Seibu chipped away to send Softbank into second place and its fifth defeat in six games.

Yasuyuki Kataoka had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Seibu cushioned the lead with three runs in the seventh, featuring a two-run single by Takeya Nakamura.

Buffaloes 3, Marines 2

At Skymark Stadium, Shinji Shimoyama delivered a game-winning single down the left-field line in the bottom of the ninth inning as Orix grabbed a win over Chiba Lotte. Kuniyuki Kimoto had a double to right-center with one out in the ninth before Shimoyama’s base-hit sealed the game.

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