One week after being handed their first defeat of the season, the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants turned the tables on the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at Tokyo Dome.
Shinnosuke Abe’s three-run homer overturned a two-run deficit in the third inning against Atsushi Nomi (1-1), who a week earlier had shut out the Giants on five hits, the first of three straight shutouts Yomiuri suffered last week at Koshien Stadium.
Ryosuke Miyaguni (1-1), who started on Opening Day for the Giants, allowed two runs, one earned, in eight innings. On the eve of his 21st birthday, the right-hander allowed three hits, walked three and hit a batter, while striking out five.
After two were out in the third, Miyaguni loaded the bases with two walks and a single before Takahiro Arai’s RBI single made it 2-0 Hanshin. But the right-hander didn’t let another Tiger reach base, recording 16 straight outs to hand the game over to Kentaro Nishimura, who notched his seventh save.
“He was trying to be too fine (in the third),” Abe said. “I told him it was OK to be daring, and after that I told him to let loose and come at them in the heart of the zone.”
Hisayoshi Chono singled in an insurance run in the fourth against Nomi, who allowed four runs, three earned, in six innings. The lefty gave up nine hits, struck out two and walked two.
BayStars 6, Carp 3, 10 innings
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Yokohama tied it 3-3 in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Tatsuhiko Kinjo off Kam Mickolio, and took the lead in the 10th on a wild pitch by Takeru Imamura (0-1). Noriharu Yamazaki then iced the game with a two-run double.
BayStars manager Kiyoshi Nakahata was ejected for making contact with home plate umpire Kazuyuki Shirai after a close play at the plate allowed the Carp to take a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning.
Swallows 5, Dragons 2
At Jingu Stadium, two-time CL home run champ Wladimir Balentien hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh that brought Yakult from behind against Chunichi ace Kazuki Yoshimi (0-2).
First-year Dragon Hector Luna put the visitors in front with an RBI single in the sixth, as he extended his season-opening hitting streak to 16 games.
Lions 10, Buffaloes 1
At Seibu Dome, submarine right-hander Kazuhisa Makita (2-0) allowed just one run over eight innings despite allowing 10 hits as Seibu scored in double digits for the first time this season.
Orix right-hander Shun Tono (1-1) allowed seven runs in four innings thanks to five walks. Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs hit his first homer in Japan, a two-run shot in the third that made it 6-0.
Marines 11, Fighters 3
At Sapporo Dome, Chiba Lotte had a season-high 16 hits, four by Tadahito Iguchi, who broke a 1-1 tie with Hokkaido Nippon Ham in the third with an RBI double. He had an RBI single in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh, one of four Marines home runs.
Lotte’s Yuji Nishino, a 22-year-old right-hander who started his pro career in 2009 on a developmental contract, allowed three runs in 6⅔ innings to improve to 2-0 in three career PL games.
Hawks 6, Eagles 5 (10)
At Kleenex Stadium, Wily Mo Pena tripled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and scored an insurance run on a balk after Fukuoka Softbank tied it in the ninth and beat Tohoku Rakuten in extra innings.
The Eagles, who twice blew two-run leads, could only get one run back in the bottom of the 10th. Hawks reliever Brian Falkenborg recorded his first save since last May despite allowing Andruw Jones’ second homer of the year.