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.
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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