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Baseball: Carp outlast Swallows 6-5 in extra-inning battle

(From L) Takayoshi Noma, Seiya Suzuki and Yoshihiro Maru of the Hiroshima Carp celebrate after they beat the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 31, 2018. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp fought their way out of a four-run hole for a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yakult Swallows on Friday night.

Outfielder Yoshihiro Maru drove in the winning run with a solo homer off Yugo Umeno in the top of the 10th at Jingu Stadium to extend the reigning CL champions' lead over second-place Yakult to 12 games.

A four-run outburst from Yakult in the bottom of the seventh, including a three-run homer from Norichika Aoki, saw the home team end the inning with a 5-1 lead.

With Yuhei Nakamura and Tomotaka Sakaguchi on base, former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Aoki sent Hiroshima starter Yusuke Nomura over the center field wall for his seventh home run of the season. Naomichi Nishiura added an RBI single to round out the inning.

Hiroshima cut the lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth when outfielder Xavier Batista went deep to left off Yakult starter David Buchanan for a two-run homer. Ryuhei Matsuyama then reduced the lead to a single run with an RBI single.

With Yakult reliever Taichi Ishiyama on the mound, Hiroshima third baseman Ryoma Nishikawa scored on a sacrifice fly from Takayoshi Noma in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Carp reliever Shota Nakazaki (3-0) picked up the win, while Umeno (1-2) incurred the loss.


Giants 5, Dragons 3

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi first baseman Dayan Viciedo set a new CL record with his 47th hit of the month, but a three-run surge by Yomiuri in the ninth inning secured the victory for the visitors.


Pacific League

Lions 1, Buffaloes 0

At Kyocera Dome, a fifth-inning RBI single by catcher Ginjiro Sumitani was enough for PL leaders Seibu to clinch victory over Orix. Starter Yusei Kikuchi (10-4) got the win after going seven innings with seven strikeouts.


Hawks 7, Eagles 1

At Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, Rakuten starter Shoma Fujihira (3-5) surrendered five earned runs on six hits by SoftBank as the second-place visitors protected their one-game lead in the PL standings over Nippon Ham.


Fighters 7, Marines 2

At Zozo Marine Stadium, Nippon Ham racked up six runs in the first inning to put the game out of Lotte's reach early. Brandon Laird blasted his 24th home run of the season with a three-run effort off Marines starter Kota Futaki (3-5).

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