Hsu Ming-chieh (1-0) scattered three hits over the distance while fanning nine batters en route to his first win of the year as the Seibu Lions beat the Orix BlueWave 6-4 at Yahoo BB Stadium on Wednesday.
Tied 2-2 in the fourth, Scott McClain solo homered and followup Kazuhiro Wada belted a two-run blast for his fourth home run of the year. Wada went 3-for-4.
Both home runs were off Orix starter Masato Yoshii (0-2), who allowed four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in taking the loss.
Kazuo Matsui sacrificed home a run in the seventh and added a run in the ninth with an RBI single.
Hawks 4, Buffaloes 2
Daiei second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hit a two-run homer for the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning as the Hawks beat Kintetsu at Osaka Dome, putting a halt to the Buffaloes’ win streak at five.
Hayato Terahara pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, limiting Kintetsu to two runs on six hits while walking three for the win.
Matt Skrmetta worked the ninth for the save.
Fighters at Marines — ppd
Giants 4, BayStars 3
Koji Goto smashed a “sayonara” solo homer off Yokohama closer Matt Whiteside (0-1) in the bottom of the ninth as Yomiuri beat the BayStars at Tokyo Dome, handing the ‘Stars their fourth straight loss.
Rookie Yuya Kubo worked the ninth and picked up his first career win.
Roberto Petagine homered for the fourth straight game, connecting for a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Carp 5, Tigers 4 (10)
Takuya Kimura singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Hiroshima beat Hanshin with a “sayonara” win at Hiroshima Stadium.
Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Hiroshima tied the game with Kazuyoshi Kimura’s two-run single.
Dragons 2, Swallows 1 (12)
Kosuke Fukudome nailed a solo homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Chunichi over Yakult for a “sayonara” victory at Nagoya Dome.
With the score tied 1-1, Fukudome sent Yakult closer Shingo Takatsu’s sixth pitch sailing into the left-field bleachers for his second homer of the year. Fukudome had three hits in the game.
The Dragons drew first blood in the third inning, scoring a run on Alex Ochoa’s RBI single.
In the seventh, Yakult third baseman Ken Suzuki, who played for the Seibu Lions last season, doubled for the game-tying run off Chunichi starter Masahiro Yamamoto.
Dragons closer Eddie Gaillard pitched the 12th and picked up the win.
Yokohama into final
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Hiroaki Murata drove in two runs with the help of a wild throw by third baseman Kazuya Doi as Yokohama High School beat Tokushima Shogyo 5-3 on Wednesday at the 75th national high school baseball invitational tournament.
Yokohama tied the game 1-1 in the third inning and Murata’s grounder to third base was thrown wide to first, allowing the Kanagawa school to take the lead and eventually book a place in Thursday’s final against Koryo High School of Hiroshima, which beat Hyogo Prefecture’s Toyodai Himeji 5-1 in the other semifinal.
It was the first time Yokohama entered the final since Daisuke Matsuzaka, now playing for the Seibu Lions, powered it to back-to-back titles in the spring and summer of 1998.
In the second semifinal, Yuta Shirahama doubled to drive in the opening run with two outs in the first and Kojiro Katayama and Masahiro Fujita had back-to-back doubles in the fifth as Koryo produced a comfortable win.
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