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Ryota Wakiya and Yoshitomo Tani hit key homers and Michihiro Ogasawara drove in four runs as the Yomiuri Giants rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Yakult Swallows 11-7 in the Central League on Friday.

Wakiya gave Yomiuri the lead for good at 8-7 with a sixth-inning two-run shot, and Tani capped the scoring with a pinch-hit, three-run drive in the seventh in a wild game at Tokyo Dome that featured 24 hits, including five homers.

A Hiroyasu Tanaka two-run homer helped the Swallows to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Yomiuri began its rally in the bottom half with an RBI double by Ogasawara and an Alex Ramirez two-run homer.

Ogasawara added a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth, which put the Giants ahead 6-5 and moved him within one of 300 homers for his career.

Yakult quickly hit back in the next frame on RBI hits from Ryohei Kawamoto and Tanaka, but the lead proved short-lived.

Tetsuya Yamaguchi (10-2) reached double-digit wins for the first time in his career with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Swallows reliever Takehiko Oshimoto (5-6) took the loss.

Yomiuri narrowed the gap on the front-running Hanshin Tigers to five games, while Yakult lost its fourth straight.

Carp 4, Tigers 0

At Koshien Stadium, Go Kida homered for the second straight night and Yuki Saito pitched seven shutout innings as Hiroshima blanked league leader Hanshin for its third win in a row.

Kida capped a four-run second inning with a three-run drive to right field off Yuya Ando (12-7) following an RBI single by Yoshiyuki Ishihara.

Saito (2-0) held the Tigers to four hits while striking out five and walking two.

BayStars 7, Dragons 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Shuichi Murata hit two of Yokohama’s four homers and drove in three runs in a victory over Chunichi.

Yokohama got on the board in the second on back-to-back RBI singles from Takehiro Ishikawa and Takuro Ishii and extended its lead on home runs by Murata, Takanori Suzuki and Yuki Yoshimura.


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