Kim Tae Kyun’s 10th-inning drive didn’t go deep enough to get out of the park or even past center fielder Hisayoshi Chono.
With a runner on third, however, it went just far enough to give his team a win.
Kim hit a sacrifice fly in the extra frame and reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta finished things off in the bottom of the inning to give the Chiba Lotte Marines a 2-1 victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome.
“The key to tonight’s win was the at-bat by Kim and the ability of Yabu to close it out after (Tomohisa) Otani pitched so well,” Lotte manager Norifumi Nishimura said.
The Marines won their third straight while the Giants lost for the sixth time in seven games.
“We’ve had a tough time this season, so it feels good to put a winning streak together,” Nishimura said. “We have three interleague games remaining, then we get back to playing our own league and hope to continue playing with confidence.”
Shoitsu Omatsu got Lotte started in the 10th with a leadoff double off reliever Jonathan Albaladejo and was replaced by pinch runner Ryusuke Minami. Toshiaki Image laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner and Kazuya Fukuura drew a walk to put runners on the corners.
With Albaladejo suffering through control issues, manager Tatsunori Hara brought in Tetsuya Yamaguchi to face Kim, who was pinch hitting for Hisao Heiuchi.
Kim worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a ball to center that allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Yabuta (1-2), who entered the game in the ninth, retired the Giants in order to end the game. He threw two scoreless innings of relief for his first win of the year.
Lotte starter Otani pitched well enough to win, had the Marines scored a few runs behind him. He didn’t factor into the decision despite throwing seven innings of one-run ball. Otani allowed five hits and struck out six.
“Otani did a terrific job,” Yabuta said. “It’s too bad he could not be the winning pitcher, but at least our team won.”
Fukuura had a game-tying RBI single in the fourth for his only hit on a 1-for-4 night. Rookie Shota Ishimine finished 2-for-5.
Albaladejo (1-1) took the loss.
Starter Seth Greisinger threw a good game for the Giants but didn’t get much run support and left with a no-decision. Greisinger allowed one run on five hits, striking out eight and walking three over seven innings.
Alex Ramirez drove in Yomiuri’s only run with an RBI double in the first and Chono finished 2-for-4.