The Yomiuri Giants clawed back a six-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and matched the Hanshin Tigers by scoring a run in the 12th inning as Friday’s game at Tokyo Dome ended a 8-8 draw.
With the Tigers up 4-1 in the ninth, Hanshin added three more runs with homers by George Arias — a solo blast — and a two-run shot by Atsushi Kataoka to take a 7-1 lead.
However, with two outs, Daisuke Motoki sparked a five-run outburst — capped by Koji Goto’s three-run homer — as Yomiuri evened the score.
Hanshin scored a run in the top of the 12th with Arias’ sacrifice fly, but in the bottom of the frame Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a clutch solo homer to again tie the score.
Dragons 5, Carp 3
Ivan Cruz slammed a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as Chunichi beat Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome to stay atop the Central League standings.
Trailing 3-0, the Dragons narrowed the lead with a solo homer by Kazuki Inoue in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth by Alex Ochoa.
With two out and two on in the eighth, Cruz deposited an Alan Newman (0-1) offering into the right-field bleachers for the go-ahead runs.
Dragons reliever Eiji Ochiai pitched an inning for the win.
Swallows 7, BayStars 6 (11)
Pinch hitter Shinichi Sato singled for the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as Yakult came back from a six-run deficit to edge the BayStars at Yokohama Stadium.
Down 6-0 in the seventh, the Swallows scored five runs on six hits to cut the lead to one run, before Shinya Miyamoto singled home the game-tying run in the ninth to take the game into extra innings.
No. 1 draft pick Shuichi Murata homered in back-to-back at-bats for the BayStars in the second and third innings.
Cabrera to return
TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. (Kyodo) Seibu Lions infielder Alex Cabrera, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder, will return to action Monday against the Kintetsu Buffaloes, team officials said Friday.
Cabrera, who is penciled in to bat cleanup at Osaka Dome against the Buffaloes, hurt his shoulder during a fielding practice in mid-March.
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