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Kanemoto slugs ‘sayonara’ homer for Tigers

Kyodo

Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a “sayonara” solo homer leading off the ninth inning as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Hiroshima Carp 1-0 at Koshien Stadium on Tuesday.

Kanemoto drove a 1-1 forkball from Ryuji Yokoyama (0-2) into the left-field seats for his ninth home run of the season. Veteran left-hander Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (3-2) pitched his first complete-game shutout in six years, allowing just two hits and four walks.

Dragons 6, Swallows 3

At Gifu Prefecture’s Nagaragawa Stadium, backup catcher Keiji Oyama hit his first career home run and Tony Blanco added a three-run homer as Chunichi beat Tokyo Yakult to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Dragons built a 5-0 lead on Oyama’s two-run shot in the second inning and Blanco’s three-run drive in the third, both off Yasuhiro Ichiba (1-3).

Kenta Asakura (3-2) allowed three runs in seven innings. Hitoki Iwase became the fourth pitcher in Japanese baseball history to reach 200 saves after a perfect ninth.

Giants 5, BayStars 3

At Yokohama Stadium, Tetsuya Matsumoto and Shinnosuke Abe drove in two runs apiece as Central League leader Yomiuri beat Yokohama to extend its winning streak to six games.

Matsumoto broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Abe doubled in two runs in the eighth after a Yuki Yoshimura sacrifice fly pulled the BayStars within 3-2 in the sixth.

Hisanori Takahashi (2-0) struck out 10 and allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. Les Walrond (2-3) took the loss.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 8, Eagles 1

At Kleenex Stadium, Kensuke Tanaka went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Tomoya Yagi threw his second complete game of the season, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a rout of Tohoku Rakuten.

With their fourth win in a row and eighth in the last nine games, the Fighters took sole possession of the Pacific League lead, breaking a tie with the Eagles in the first of a three-game series.

Yagi (3-0) gave up eight hits but limited the hosts to one run. Rookie Ryohei Isaka (1-1) was charged with six runs on eight hits in two-plus innings.

Marines 2, Hawks 1

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Yoshihisa Naruse tied a career high with 13 strikeouts and Tadahito Iguchi drove in two runs against his former team, leading Chiba Lotte over Fukuoka Softbank.

Naruse (2-1) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings.

Lions 6, Buffaloes 5

At Kobe’s Skymark Stadium, Takayuki Kishi pitched six effective innings to win his sixth straight start as Seibu handed Orix its fifth loss in a row.

Kishi (6-0) left with a 6-3 lead after allowing five hits, including a fifth-inning solo homer by Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Yoshihito Ishii doubled in two runs in Seibu’s three-run first against Kazuki Kondo (3-2).