Hirao comes through in 11th as Lions top Tigers


Pinch hitter Hiroshi Hirao singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning as the Seibu Lions beat the Hanshin Tigers 2-1 on Sunday.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Hirao singled to left off Hiroyuki Kobayashi (0-2) at Koshien Stadium for his first hit of the season.

Jose Fernandez homered to give Seibu a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth.

Hanshin tied the game in the bottom half when Takashi Toritani scored before Keiichi Hirano was tagged out in a rundown between first and second. It was Hanshin’s first run in 38 innings.

In the top of the 11th, Hiroyuki Nakajima reached on a one-out single and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Kenji Johjima.

Kobayashi intentionally walked Fernandez before Hirao’s heroics.

“My teammates set the stage for me,” Hirao said. “Our team is not doing well this season, but we’ve been telling each other to keep our chins up. It was nice to have my first hit of the season here and against the first team I joined in my pro career.”

Alex Graman (1-0) won in relief. Atsushi Okamoto picked up his fourth save.

Hanshin hit into five double plays and lost its fourth straight game.

Buffaloes 4, Giants 1

At Tokyo Dome, Koji Yamasaki hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the 10th inning off Levi Romero (0-2), leading Orix over Yomiuri.

Pinch hitter Kenji Yano delivered a game-tying single in the ninth for Yomiuri. Mamoru Kishida (1-0) threw a scoreless ninth for the win.

Carp 4, Marines 1

At Mazda Stadium, Kenta Kurihara snapped an eighth-inning tie with a three-run shot, his first homer of the season, as Hiroshima downed Chiba Lotte.

Lotte had its winless streak extended to six games, including Saturday’s tie with Yokohama.

Hawks 9 Swallows 1

Fighters at BayStars — ppd.

Carter has brain tumors

New York

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter said doctors discovered four “very small” brain tumors after he had an MRI scan on Friday in Florida.

The 57-year-old Carter said he expects to learn more about his diagnosis when he is examined again Thursday at Duke Medical Center.

“My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” Carter said in a release issued Saturday by the New York Mets and baseball’s Hall of Fame. “We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition.”

The statement did not say whether the tumors are malignant or benign.

Friends and former teammates were stunned when they heard the news.

“The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary,” said Mets first base coach Mookie Wilson, a teammate of Carter’s in the 1980s. “He seemed himself. No indication anything was wrong.

“Whatever the situation may be, of course I wish him well. And I hope things turn out for the best.”