TOKYO (AP) _ Pitcher Matt Keough sparked a three-run seventh inning with an RBI single as the Hanshin Tigers beat the Central League’s front-running Yomiuri Giants 3-2 Saturday.
Keough, a former major leaguer pitched 6 1-3 innings for his victory against two losses.
In the Pacific League, the front-running Seibu Lions snapped their eight- game losing streak - their longest since 1981 - by beating the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 6-3.
Orestes Destrade’s tie-breaking three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Lions their first victory since June 3. Destrade, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has 13 home runs for the season.
Tony Brewer went 4-for-6, including a three-run homer, and drove in five runs to help the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Lotte Orions 15-7.Brewer has six home runs.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Sean Kelly of Ireland, who won the Tour of Switzerland in 1983, took the overall lead in the cycling road race Saturday as a mountain time trial brought a shakeup in the standings.
Kelly, 34, won a 98-kilometer half-stage from Basel to Solothurn and then took the yellow jersey of overall leader from Stephan Joho of Switzerland with a fine showing in the run up Mount Balmberg.
American Andrew Hampsten, a two-time winner of this race, was ninth, and his countryman Greg LeMond was 15th. LeMond is warming up for the Tour de France, which he has won twice.
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) - Tomohiro Maruyama, Nobuo Serizawa and Taisei Inagaki share a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s second round of the Yomiuri Sapporo Beer open golf tournament.
Maruyama and Inagaki shot 67s in the rain-soaked round and Serizawa had a 69 for two-round totals of 138 over the 7,023-yard, par-72 Osaka Yomiuri Country Club.
The scheduled 72-hole event was shortened to 54 holes after a rainout Friday.
American David Ishii and Australians Graham Marsh and Wayne Smith were among six players at 141.
DEJIMA, Japan (AP) - Hiromi Takamura shot a 68, Saturday’s best score, and move into a five-stroke lead after three rounds of the Dunlop Ladies Golf Tournament.
Takamura, who started the third round three shots off the pace, reached the 54-hole mark at 208 - 8-under-par.
ROME (AP) - Italy is using an army-sized security force to guard World Cup venues and monitor crowds at the tournament.
Corriere dello Sport, a national sports daily, on Saturday published a breakdown of the 45,000-strong ″Task Force″ and its equipment, including ferry boats, helicopters, armored vehicles and television monitors.
The newspaper, citing official figures and its own sources, said 19,000 Carabinieri (paramilitary police), 19,000 metropolitan police and 7,000 customs police are working fulltime at the World Cup.
They have 2,000 motor vehicles, 200 armored vehicles, 30 helicopters, two ferry boats, 10 Hercules transport planes and 500 TV cameras to monitor crowds.
In addition, 30 sentinel dog units are patrolling airports to sniff out dangerous contraband, especially the plastic explosive Semetex.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan, led by Yuichi Nakagaichi’s 12 points, beat China 15-10, 15-12, 15-7 Saturday in the Volleyball World League.
Xu Guorong scored 11 points for China.
It was Japan’s fourth victory against seven defeats and China’s 11th straight loss.
Japan and China, who play their final match on Sunday, have no chance of getting into the final round after finishing third and fourth in Group B, which has four teams.
The Netherlands, 11-1, and the Soviet Union, 8-4, will represent the group in the final round in Osaka July 14-15, when they will meet the two top teams from Group A, made up of the United States, France, Italy and Brazil.