Motonobu Tanishige hit a bases-loaded single off Lou Pote (0-1) for the game winner as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-4 in 11 innings on Tuesday night at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
Despite Hanshin tying the game 4-4 on a three-run homer by Osamu Hamanaka in the ninth and Akihiro Yano extending his hitting streak to 10 games, Masataka Endo (1-0) went home with the win after working a hitless 10th inning and Akinori Otsuka earned his first save since being traded from the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
Giants at Swallows — ppd.
Carp at BayStars — ppd.
Lions 6, Hawks 4
In Kitakyushu, Toru Hosokawa tied the game on a single to deep left and Hiroshi Hirao hit a three-run homer to secure victory as Seibu came from behind to overpower Daiei.
With one out and runners on first and second in the fourth inning, Hirao, coming off a lower back injury, hammered the first pitch of Nagisa Arakaki (0-2) into the right-field stands at Kitakyushu Stadium on the same day he was promoted to the top team.
Koji Mitsui (2-0) allowed four runs — two earned — and eight hits while walking none in 5 2/3 innings for the win and Kiyoshi Toyoda picked up his third save this season.
Arakaki, who hit Hosokawa with a pitch in the head in the sixth, struck out 11 over the distance.
BlueWave 4, Fighters 4
At Sapporo Dome, Yoshitomo Tani hit a game-tying RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth inning for the visiting side to force extra innings as the game between Nippon Ham and Orix finished in a tie after 4 hours and 19 minutes.
Catcher Shinji Takahashi, who joined Nippon Ham in 1997 and spent most of last season with the farm team, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Daisuke Kato for his first career homer to highlight a 27-hit slugfest between the clubs.
Buffs at Marines — ppd.
Iida out two weeks
Yakult Swallows outfielder Tetsuya Iida, who injured his left side during a weekend game, has been told by doctors he will need two weeks to recover, officials of the Central League club said on Tuesday.
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