Koji Uehara (1-1) walked none and went the distance for his first win in four starts this season, fanning seven along the way in the Yomiuri Giants’ 7-2 triumph over the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. The opening-day pitcher held cleanup hitter Alex Ochoa hitless in four at-bats.

Offensively, Tomohiro Nioka went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and put Yomiuri on the board with a run-scoring double off Kenta Asakura (1-2) to ignite a three-run first inning before Yoshinobu Takahashi did his share and drove home two more runs in the only night game Sunday.

Tigers 9, BayStars 3
Osamu Hamanaka went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and homered twice, including a three-run drive to cap a four-run first inning at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and the Hanshin Tigers came from behind to defeat the Yokohama BayStars 9-3 for their fourth win in a row.

Swallows at Carp — ppd.


Hawks 3, Buffaloes 2
At Fukuoka Dome, designated hitter Noriyoshi Omichi singled down the third base line with two on in the bottom of the ninth inning for the game winner as Daiei rallied for a “sayonara” victory over Kintetsu in the Pacific League on Sunday.

Akichika Yamada (1-0) worked the ninth for the win after Brandon Knight scattered seven hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

News photoMichihiro Ogasawara of the Nippon Ham Fighters strokes an RBI single in the third inning against the Seibu Lions.

Buffaloes starter Shinichi Kato pitched seven shutout innings, and Akira Okamoto (0-1) lost the battle with Omichi without recording a single out.

Fighters 4, Lions 2
At Tokyo Dome, Satoru Kanemura threw his first complete game of the season and Hichori Morimoto hit a two-run single with none out and the bases loaded to chip in to a four-run third inning, leading Nippon Ham to victory over Seibu.

Marines 8, BlueWave 6 (10)
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Lotte overcame a three-run deficit to tie the game 6-all in the ninth inning and Koichi Hori belted a two-out, two-run homer into the seats in left-center in the 10th for an 8-6 walkoff win over Orix.

Derrick May, who hit a solo shot to make it 2-1 in the fourth, and Rick Short hit back-to-back doubles in the ninth and each went 3-for-5 with an RBI to help make a winner of rookie Yoshihide Kanda (1-0), who got three outs in the top of the 10th for his first career win.

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