Shinnosuke Abe hit a solo homer with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday to cap the Yomiuri Giants’ 5-4 come-from-behind “sayonara” victory over the Hiroshima Carp at the Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
The front-running Giants rallied for two runs on four hits against Hiroshima closer Yasuhiro Oyamada in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings.
Abe’s homer completed Yomiuri’s three-game sweep of the floundering Carp, who have now lost five in a row for the third time this season.
Koji Goto tied the game in the ninth with a double to left that scored Hideki Matsui from third.
Yomiuri reliever Hideki Okajima (5-2) picked up the win after retiring the side in the bottom of the 10th.
Swallows 3, BayStars 1
Roberto Petagine and Alex Ramirez hit solo homers in the eighth inning to lift Yakult over Yokohama at Jingu Stadium.
Yuya Kamada (3-1), in his second season out of Waseda University, held the BayStars to four hits over eight innings for the win and third-year catcher Tomohito Yoneno called a solid game in his first pro start behind the plate and hit a solo homer.
Dragons 5, Tigers 1
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami singled home two runs in the first inning and Motonobu Tanishige drove in a pair with a single in the fifth as Chunichi cruised to victory over Hanshin at the Nagoya Dome.
Chunichi lefty Masahiro Yamamoto (4-5) took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, but needed help to close out the win as the Dragons took two out of three in the weekend series at home.
Lions 5, BlueWave 0
Alex Cabrera belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Taisei Takagi connected for a two-run shot in the third to power the front-running Seibu Lions to a victory over the Orix BlueWave.
Fumiya Nishiguchi (11-6) went the distance on 103 pitchers, allowing only four hits while striking out eight for his first shutout win in two years.
Fighters 5, Marines 3
In Chiba, Sherman Obando hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in all five Nippon Ham runs as the Fighters snapped a four-game losing streak with a triumph over Lotte.
Hayato Nakamura (6-5) struck out nine over seven innings for the win, while Tomokazu Iba pitched out of a ninth-inning jam to end the Marines’ five-game winning streak.
Sunday’s early game: Hawks 11, Buffaloes 3
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