Atsushi Kataoka slammed a “sayonara” two-run homer to cap Hanshin’s five-run ninth-inning outburst as the Tigers came from behind to edge the Hiroshima Carp 10-9 at Koshien Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Down 9-5 in the bottom of the ninth and with the bases loaded, the Tigers scored a run on Norihiro Akahoshi’s grounder.
Pinch-hitter Hiroshi Yagi followed with a two-run single before Kataoka slugged his 11th homer of the year, off Hiroshima closer Yasuhiro Oyamada (2-1), to end the game.
Hanshin reliever Takehiro Hashimoto (1-0) worked the ninth for the win.
Giants 6, Swallows 0 (7)
Koji Uehara allowed just two hits and got home-run support from Tomohiro Nioka, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Toshihisa Nishi as CL-leading Yomiuri beat Yakult at Jingu Stadium, lowering its magic number to two.
Akira Eto’s blooper to center scored two runners in the fourth inning before Nioka made it 3-0 in the fifth with a solo shot off Shugo Fujii (9-8) over the left-center fence in a steady rain.
Fujii then gave up a solo homer to Kiyohara — his first since July 18 — who was playing his third game since returning from a hamstring injury, and a two-run drive to Nishi in the sixth. The game was called with one out in the top of the seventh as the rain picked up.
Uehara (17-4) cruised to his league-high 17th win, striking out five with no walks in six innings of work.
BayStars 3, Dragons 3 (12)
Katsuaki Furuki and Kosuke Fukudome traded solo homers in the 11th inning as Yokohama and Chunichi played to a tie in Nagoya.
Hitoshi Tamura went 3-for-5 with an RBI double that put Yokohama ahead in the top of the first. Hirokazu Ibata, who hit for the cycle Saturday, had two hits for Chunichi.
Buffaloes 7, BlueWave 5 (11)
Koichi Isobe singled home two go-ahead runs in the top of the 11th inning to lift Kintetsu over Orix in Kobe.
Trailing the BlueWave 4-0 in the eighth, the Buffaloes scored five runs on three homers — two-run shots by Yosuke Takasu and Kenshi Kawaguchi, and Tuffy Rhodes’ 43rd home run of the year.
In the bottom of the inning, Orix tied the game with Koichi Oshima’s sacrifice fly.
Fighters 1, Hawks 0
Michihiro Ogasawara belted his 32nd homer of the year off Daiei starter Junji Hoshino (9-8) for the only run of the game as Nippon Ham hurler Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (2-7) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as Nippon Ham won at the Tokyo Dome.
Lions 3, Marines 0
Playing without regulars Kazuhiro Wada, Alex Cabrera and Tsutomu Ito, four Seibu hurlers blanked Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium to avoid a three-game sweep.
Takashi Ishii (7-3) gave up seven hits over six scoreless innings for his seventh win as the Marines suffered their 15th shutout loss.
The Lions scored two runs in the fourth with a home run by Tom Evans.