Yusuke Nomura allowed two runs over six innings on Tuesday as the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp held off the second-place Hanshin Tigers 4-3.

Nomura (7-4) got a three-run first inning lead as he cruised through the early innings before 31,269 at Mazda Stadium.

"The Tigers beat me last time at Koshien (on July 17) and it felt good to get some payback," Nomura said. "But this was all due to the position players' support. I was the one who gave up the hits and walks that cost us."