Brazell, Tigers roar in crucial win over Carp


Craig Brazell hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning and Atsushi Nomi limited the damage to one unearned run in six innings as the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Hiroshima Carp 5-1 on Wednesday.

Takahiro Arai broke a scoreless tie with a one-out RBI double and Brazell followed with his blast to right off Kenta Maeda (8-14) at Mazda Stadium. Takashi Toritani cushioned the lead with a two-run drive in the ninth.

Nomi (13-9) scattered four hits, all singles, struck out four and walked one.

Swallows 5, BayStars 4

At Jingu Stadium, Aaron Guiel hit a tying solo homer and a go-ahead two-run blast as Tokyo Yakult came from behind to beat Yokohama for the second night in a row.

Guiel’s drive in the sixth inning tied the game 3-3 before he went deep in his next at-bat off reliever Takahiro Matsuka (0-1) to give Yakult a 5-3 advantage in the eighth.

Ryota Igarashi (3-2) won in relief. Takahiro Saeki opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second and added a two-run single an inning later to give Yokohama a 3-0 lead. A Kazuki Fukuchi two-run doubled in the fifth cut Yakult’s deficit to 3-2.


Fighters 8, Lions 3

At Sapporo Dome, Shota Ono had a tiebreaking RBI double as newly crowned PL champion Nippon Ham rallied past Seibu in a four-run third inning.

After Ono’s double, Kensuke Tanaka added a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead. The Fighters took advantage of some costly pitching errors to add three runs in the fourth.

Shugo Fujii (7-5) allowed three runs, striking out seven in eight innings. Fumikazu Kimura (0-4) took the loss.

Eagles 9, Marines 0

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Satoshi Nagai threw seven shutout innings and Daisuke Kusano homered and drove in three runs as Tohoku Rakuten routed Chiba Lotte in Bobby Valentine’s last game with the Marines.

Nagai (13-7) allowed three hits, all singles, struck out six and walked none.

Valentine, who was in his second stint with Lotte since being hired back in 2004, posted a 493-450 record with 23 ties over seven seasons in Japan.