Akinori Iwamura doubled home the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth as the Yakult Swallows came from behind to beat the Yokohama BayStars 5-2 at Jingu Stadium on Tuesday.

The Swallows have tied one and won seven of their last eight games.

Down 2-1 in the eighth, Roberto Petagine led off the inning with a single.

Followup Alex Ramirez nailed a double off BayStars starter Shane Bowers (4-5) to bring Petagine home for the game-tying run before Iwamura hit a double into center-left field to give the Swallows the lead.

Rookie lefty Masanori Ishikawa (8-6) struck out 10 and scattered two hits over eight innings.

Giants 12, Carp 9

Tomohiro Nioka and Akira Eto hit two-run homers a piece in Yomiuri’s five-run seventh as the Giants downed Hiroshima for a comeback win at Hiroshima Stadium.

Hideki Matsui drilled a solo homer in the fourth inning to increase his CL-leading home run total to 37.

Tigers 1, Dragons 1 (11)

Trailing Chunichi 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Hiroshi Yagi drew a clutch bases-loaded walk for Hanshin’s game-tying run as the game was called with one out in the top of the 11th due to heavy rainfall at Koshien Stadium.


Lions 4, Marines 0

Third-year hurler Mitsutaka Goto (6-1) tossed three-hit ball over the distance on 118 pitches for his first career shutout win as Seibu blanked

Lotte at the Seibu Dome.

The Lions extended their winning streak to eight games to slash its “magic number” to 22.

The Marines have not scored a run in their last 25 innings.

Hawks 17, Fighters 7

Kenji Jojima and Yudai Deguchi slammed two home runs each and two more Hawks homered as Daiei whipped Nippon Ham at Kitakyushu Stadium in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Hiroki Kokubo went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Buffaloes 2, BlueWave 1 (11)

Kenshi Kawaguchi drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning for the “sayonara” run as Kintetsu beat Orix at the Osaka Dome for its fifth straight win.

In the bottom of the 11th with one out, Norihiro Nakamura and Yuji Yoshioka hit back-to-back singles and followup Koichi Isobe was intentionally walked as the Buffaloes loaded the bases before Kawaguchi’s walk.

Orix skidded to its 10th straight loss, its longest since April 1961.

Pros in need at qualifier

The Japanese national baseball team is expected to feature professional all-stars at next year’s Asian qualifying tournament for the 2004 Olympics, baseball officials said Tuesday.

Amateur baseball officials have accepted a proposal from chief national technical director Shigeo Nagashima, who claims that the best possible national squad is necessary to qualify for the Olympics and then win a medal in Athens.

“I think people in this country hope the national flag will be hoisted in Athens. They don’t want to be robbed of a chance to see it, so we’ll form a ‘Dream Team’ for the qualifiers in Sapporo,” said Nagashima, a former Yomiuri Giants manager.

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