Ivan Cruz connected for a three-run homer in the first inning Sunday and the Chunichi Dragons held on for a 10-9 victory over the Yomiuri Giants.
Cruz, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, belted the first pitch from Yomiuri rookie Hiroshi Kisanuki just under the centerfield scoreboard as the Dragons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead at Tokyo Dome.
Chunichi opened up an 8-2 lead after three innings but the Giants fought back on homers by Shunsuke Hara, Shinnosuke Abe, Roberto Petagine, Toshihisa Nishi and Tomohiro Nioka.
Reliever Masafumi Hirai picked up the win and Eddie Gaillard recorded the final three outs in the ninth after giving up a solo homer to Nioka.
Tigers 5, BayStars 3
Trey Moore gave up three runs on six hits over six innings to lead Hanshin to a win over Yokohama.
Moore, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, struck out seven at Yokohama Stadium as the Tigers took two out of three in their season-opening series with the BayStars. Former Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand Jeff Williams worked the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his first save in Japan.
Atsushi Fujimoto drove in the winning run with a single to right in the sixth inning.
Swallows 8, Carp 3
At Jingu Stadium, Ken Suzuki drove in three runs to lead Yakult to a victory over Hiroshima for its first win of the season.
Suzuki, acquired from the Seibu Lions in the offseason, belted a solo homer to left in the second inning and drove in pair of runs with a double in the fourth to lead the Yakult attack.
Buffaloes 8, BlueWave 3
At Osaka Dome, Fumihiro Suzuki hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and Tuffy Rhodes added a three-run blast in the seventh as Kintetsu cruised to a win over Orix.
Lions 4, Fighters 1
At Seibu Dome, Kazuhiro Wada connected for a solo homer in the fourth inning to lift the Lions to a victory over Nippon Ham. Wada has homered in all three games for the defending Pacific League champions this season.
Hawks 3, Marines 0
At Fukuoka Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to power Daiei to a victory over Lotte.
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