NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Alex Ramirez, Yoshitomo Tani and Hayato Sakamoto delivered RBI hits in the first inning to help the Yomiuri Giants end the Hanshin Tigers’ longest winning streak of the season at seven games with an 8-3 victory on Thursday.
Yoshinobu Takahashi and Michihiro Ogasawara reached on singles off Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (8-2) before Ramirez and Tani hit back-to-back one-out RBI singles, followed by Sakamoto’s run-scoring double one out later at Koshien Stadium.
Yomiuri starter Tetsuya Utsumi helped his own cause with a sixth-inning RBI single that made it 4-2 after allowing the Central League leaders to pull within a run.
Takahashi and Shinnosuke Abe homered in the final two innings to put the game away.
Utsumi (6-5) worked 5 1/3 innings for the win, giving up two unearned runs, and Marc Kroon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth in a non-save situation. Shimoyanagi yielded four runs in six innings.
BayStars 6, Swallows 2
At Jingu Stadium, Shuichi Murata hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs, lifting last-place Yokohama over Tokyo Yakult.
Murata hit an RBI single in the first inning, drove a go-ahead three-run homer in the third and added a two-run shot in the eighth to finish 3-for-4. Rookie Futoshi Kobayashi (3-5) got the win after holding the Swallows to two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Dragons 8, Carp 7 (11)
Buffaloes 7, Eagles 4
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Alex Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning as Orix stretched its unbeaten streak, including a tie, to four games with victory over Tohoku Rakuten.
Cabrera, who went 4-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, connected for his 17th homer of the season after Ikki Shimamura tied the game with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Tuffy Rhodes also went 4-for-5 while driving in a run.
Akio Shimizu (2-0) got the win with two innings of perfect relief and Daisuke Kato earned his 18th save. Reliever Koki Watanabe (0-2) took the loss after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.