TOKYO (AP) _ Jim Paciorek’s two-out single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Hanshin Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday.
Jesse Barfield had tied the score for the Giants with his fourth home run in the eighth inning.
Jack Howell homered as the defending champion Yakult Swallows edged the Yokohama Baystars 5-4.
Ralph Bryant hit his sixth home run as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Seibu Lions 4-2.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Third-seeded Nicole Provis of Australia beat top-seeded and obivously upset Patty Fendick of the United States 6-2, 6-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Malaysian Women’s Open.
Fendick started off on the wrong foot with a time violation before the match started, as she was still replacing her grip 25 seconds after the umpire called for the match to start.
In the second set, she received a code violation warning after throwing her racket.
American Ann Grossman, the fourth seed, outlasted second-seeded Stephanie Rottier in a three hour, 10 minute match in the other semifinal, winning 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) - Rolf Jaermann of Switzerland edged world champion Gianni Bugno of Italy in a two-man sprint to the finish in the Amstel Gold Cycling race Saturday.
It was the first World Cup victory for the 27-year-old Swiss, whose best performance previously had been an intermediate stage victory in last year’s Tour de France.
Maurizio Fondriest retained his overall lead in the World Cup series with a fourth-place finish.
HIGASHI-HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Lee Tae-ho of South Korea beat Nurov Akhmetula of Kazakhstan in the final to win the 57-kilogram title at the Greco-Roman Wrestling Asian Championship on Saturday.
Iran’s Ahad Pazaj won the 62-kilogram title with a decision over China’s Hu Guohong.
The 90-kilogram title went to Kazakhstan’s Sergei Matvienko, who took a decisioned over South Korea’s Euom Jin-han.
South Korea’s Song Sung-il outpointed Igor Dupikov of Kazakhstan to capture the 100-kilogram title.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Qatar trounced Indonesia 4-1 in a World Cup qualifying soccer match Saturday.
Five Indonesians were shown yellow cards and one sent off the field. One Qatari was shown a red card in the opening game of the second leg of Group C play.
Indonesia took the lead through a penalty kick at the 28th minute by Sudirman. The penalty was awarded when Zamel Al-Kowari tripped Singgih Pitono just inside the penalty box.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - Representatives of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday praised Istanbul’s proposed environmental program included in the city’s bid to stage the 2000 Olympic Games.
A 10-member IOC delegation visited various sports, hotel and hospital facilities and took a helicopter tour of the city on the last day of a three- day visit.
Istanbul was the last of the six bidding cities visited by the IOC delegation. The other candidates are Beijing; Berlin; Brasilia, Brazil; Manchester, England, and Sydney.
Sydney and Beijing are considered front-runners. The IOC will select the host city at its session in Monte Carlo on Sept. 23.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Kakhi Kakhiashvili won the first ever European title for Georgia Saturday, while Viacheslav Rubin won Russia’s first gold of the competition.
Kakhiashvili, a gold medal winner in Barcelona, won in the 91 kilograms class. Rubin captured the title in the 99 kilos category.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Chang Tse Peng of Taiwan bogeyed two of the last three holes and still shot a 1-under-par 71 Saturday to open a six-stroke lead after three rounds of the Malaysian Amateur Open golf championships. He a has 215 total.