TOKOROZAWA – Daisuke Nakai hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the fourth inning, Shuichi Murata homered for insurance in the fifth, and the Yomiuri Giants beat the Seibu Lions 7-3 in an interleague game on Monday night.
Toshiya Sugiuchi limited the damage to three runs — two earned — in six innings of work in a match-up against fellow lefty Yusei Kikuchi as the Giants snapped their losing streak at a season-worst five games.
Takayuki Terauchi redeemed himself in the fourth after two earlier goof-ups, the second baseman hitting a tying RBI single and making a heads-up slide to beat the tag at home on Nakai’s single in the fourth at Seibu Dome.
Murata teed off on reliever Yosuke Okamoto with two outs and one on in the fifth after Kikuchi was lifted after yielding four runs in four shaky innings in his shortest outing of the year. Nakai added an RBI single in the sixth for the Giants’ seventh run.
Seibu got a golden opportunity in the bottom of the first when Shogo Akiyama reached for a double on what have should have been a routine fly. Terauchi lost the popup in the reflective light under the white dome, tumbling to the ground as right fielder Hisayoshi Chono retrieved the ball.
After a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Akiyama came home to tie it 1-all on a Takumi Kuriyama sacrifice fly.
Terauchi made a blunder in the second — though it wasn’t ruled an error — when Ryan Spilborghs liner popped out of his glove, but Sugiuchi, who allowed the runner to advance to second on a wild pitch, escaped unscathed.
Shinnosuke Abe hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the third, but the Lions retied it on Yasuyuki Kataoka’s RBI single in the bottom half and Giants catcher Abe let the ball also hop out of his glove on a pitch to Kuriyama, letting Kataoka scamper home from third for Seibu’s third run.
Chono led off the fourth with a single to right and scored from second on Terauchi’s groundball single up the middle. Terauchi then sneaked around the tag of Lions catcher Ginjiro Sumitani on Nakai’s liner to right for a 4-3 lead.
It was the final game in four meetings this season for the two teams. The 2012 Japan Series champions went 3-1 against their Pacific League rivals, who saw their winning streak end at five.
Buffaloes 5, Carp 1
At Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field, Brandon Dickson threw six scoreless innings, Aarom Baldiris had a two-run double after the opening run scored on a grounder in the fifth, and Orix downed Hiroshima to return to .500 in the PL standings.
Dickson (5-2) scattered five hits, all singles, struck out six and walked one. Kyohei Nakamura (1-3) took the loss for Hiroshima, which matched a season worst with its fifth straight loss.
Fighters 7, BayStars 1
At Asahikawa’s Victor Starffin Stadium, Michel Abreu homered twice and drove in three runs on 2-for-4 hitting, Yang Dai-kang added a solo blast and Nippon Ham romped past Yokohama.
Abreu went deep with a two-out solo shot off Yasushi Kamiuchi (0-1) in the first and tagged the left-hander for a two-run drive in the fourth that gave his team a 5-0 lead. Keisuke Tanimoto (2-3) pitched one-run ball on five hits over eight solid innings to win his first decision since May 3.
Hawks 12, Tigers 0
Rakuten 2, Dragons 1
Marines 4, Swallows 0