Kinjo’s 11th-inning blast lifts BayStars


Tatsuhiko Kinjo homered in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday to give the Yokohama BayStars a 6-5 victory over the Hiroshima Carp in the Central League on Thursday.

News photoMasaaki Koike of the BayStars slides home safely past Hiroshima
Carp catcher Yoshiyuki Ishihara during the first inning of Thursday’s game at
Yokohama Stadium. The BayStars won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Kinjo connected off Ken Takahashi (0-2), Hiroshima’s sixth pitcher of the game at Yokohama Stadium, for a one-out shot to center as the BayStars extended their winning streak to four games and moved back into third place in the league standings.

Marc Kroon (2-0) escaped an 11th-inning jam to pick up the win.

Hiroshima pinch-hitter Itsuki Asai hit a game-tying RBI double in the eighth to send the game into extra innings.

Takahiro Saeki homered and Hitoshi Taneda went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the BayStars, who blew leads of 3-1 and 5-4 in the only game scheduled for Thursday in Japanese baseball.