Alex Cabrera and Kazuhiro Wada drilled back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning as the Seibu Lions edged the Orix BlueWave 8-7 on Sunday at Green Stadium Kobe.
Tied 6-6 in the eighth, Cabrera nailed his PL-leading 42nd homer of the year for the go-ahead run. Wada, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, then smacked a solo blast to give the Lions a two-run lead.
Both homers were off Orix reliever Satoshi Tokumoto (1-1) who took the loss.
Lions lefty Koji Mitsui (6-1) held the BlueWave hitless for 1 2/3 innings in relief and picked up the win.
Down 6-4 in the sixth, Seibu tied the game on catcher Tsutomu Ito’s two-run double.
In the bottom of the eighth, the BlueWave scored a run on Manabu Satake’s RBI double but that was as close as they got.
Buffaloes 8, Fighters 2
At the Osaka Dome, Yuji Yoshioka and Norihiro Nakamura connected for two-run homers as Kintetsu cruised past Nippon Ham.
Yoshioka sparked Kintetsu’s three-run second inning with an RBI single and had four runs batted in.
Nakamura’s homer in the third inning was his 30th of the season, making it his fifth season in a row with 30 or more home runs.
Daisuke Miyamoto (1-1) won in his first professional start, striking out eight over five innings while holding the Fighters to two runs on five hits and four walks.
Hawks 4, Marines 1
Nobuhiko Matsunaka had two RBIs and Yudai Deguchi connected for a two-run clout for insurance runs in the fifth inning as Daiei beat Lotte at the Fukuoka Dome.
Keizaburo Tanoue (5-7) held the Marines to one run on a solo blast by Kiyoshi Hatsushiba in the second, giving up six hits all together over seven innings for the win.
Marines hurler Shinichi Nagasaki (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first outing of the year.
Dragons 2, BayStars 0
Kenshin Kawakami combined with closer Eddie Gaillard on a two-hit shutout as Chunichi beat Yokohama at the Nagoya Dome to improve to .500 for the first time since June 29.
Kawakami (8-4) scattered two hits over eight innings and fanned nine batters for the win. Gaillard pitched a perfect ninth for his CL-leading 26th save.
The Dragons scored a run in the second inning on a fielding error and added a run in the sixth with Motonobu Tanishige’s RBI double.
Giants 10, Tigers 1
Tomohiro Nioka went 3-for 4 with a solo homer and Hideki Matsui connected for his 36th home run of the year as Yomiuri whipped Hanshin at the Tokyo Dome.
Giants rookie hurler Hiroki Sanada (2-2) pitched seven solid innings, allowing four hits — including a solo homer to Atsushi Kataoka in the fourth — for his second win in seven outings.
Takayuki Shimizu went 4-for-5 while Matsui went 1-for-5 and lowered his average to .348.
Swallows 9, Carp 3
At Hiroshima Stadium, Akinori Iwamura had three RBIs and hit a two-run homer in the seventh to lead Yakult over the Carp.
Swallows hurler Kevin Hodges (14-4) gave up three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, and three relievers held the Carp scoreless the rest of the way.
Wilson sent packing
OSAKA — The Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes said Sunday they have released outfielder Nigel Wilson, who has struggled with the Pacific League club’s farm team for most of the season.
Wilson, who won PL home-run crowns in 1997 and 1998 for the Nippon Ham Fighters, was expected to add to the Buffaloes’ power-laden lineup but only managed a .221 average, six homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games in his first season with the Osaka club.
He was sent to Kintetsu’s Western League team May 20, but has been unable to regain his form.
“I was unable to produce any results and have caused the team trouble by not being able to perform up to my ability. This is regrettable,” Wilson said in a statement released by the ball club.
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