Kanemoto slugs winning HR in 8th


Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a tiebreaking homer off starter Tetsuya Utsumi in the eighth inning as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Yomiuri Giants 2-1 on Wednesday.

The Tigers beat the rival Giants, despite being held to three hits on the night at Tokyo Dome.

A Keiichi Hirano home run gave Hanshin a 1-0 lead in the fourth before Alex Ramirez’s blast in the bottom half tied it.

Ramirez’s 14th homer this year was his 350th NPB home run in his 11th season in Japan.

Atsushi Nomi (7-7) pitched one-run ball, yielding four hits in an 11-strikeout effort over eight innings and Kyuji Fujikawa picked up his 29th save.

Utsumi (12-4) fanned eight over nine innings.

Carp 8, BayStars 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Kenta Kurihara went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs to power Hiroshima in a rout of Yokohama to snap a three-game losing streak.

Kurihara had an RBI double in the first and hit two-run drives in the fifth and sixth, respectively. Bryan Bullington (12-7) allowed one run over seven innings for the win. Tomokazu Ohka (0-6) took the loss.

Swallows 6, Dragons 6 (9)

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Naomichi Donoue hit a game-tying solo homer off Tony Barnette in the eighth inning, forcing the game to eventually end in a nine-inning tie.

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hit a two-run shot for Tokyo Yakult and Motonobu Tanishige went 3-for-4 with a solo drive for Chunichi.


Hawks 6, Marines 0

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Tsuyoshi Wada threw seven shutout innings, and Nobuhiro Matsuda and Nobuhiko Matsunaka homered in a six-run second against Chiba Lotte’s Tomohisa Otani (3-7).

With the win, Fukuoka Softbank matched a season high by moving 32 games over .500.

Eagles 5, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Fuminori Yokogawa had a two-run single to key a four-run first inning and Daisuke Kusano padded the lead with a run-scoring single in the second as Tohoku Rakuten beat Hokkaido Nippon to win its fourth straight.

Shinichiro Koyama (5-2) won in relief.

Keisaku Itokazu (2-1) was roughed up for rive runs in three innings of the loss.