Seibu slugger Alex Cabrera homered in back-to-back at-bats for his sixth and seventh home runs to lift the Lions over the Marines 3-2 at Chiba Marine Stadium on Friday, putting a halt to Lotte’s winning streak at four.
With Lotte up 2-0, Cabrera smashed a solo blast to cut the lead to one.
In the seventh, Cabrera led off the inning with a game-tying solo homer before rookie Taketoshi Goto hit a solo homer to give the Lions the lead.
Lefty Koji Mitsui (4-0) walked five batters but held the Marines to two runs on five hits over seven innings for the win. Closer Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the final inning for his fourth save.
Fighters 4, Buffaloes 1
Nippon Ham right-hander Carlos Mirabal tossed three-hit ball for his third win and first complete-game win since June 2002 as the Fighters beat Kintetsu at Tokyo Dome.
Mirabal (3-1) went the distance on 134 pitches, walking one and hitting one one batter. He allowed one run on a homer by Kintetsu slugger Norihiro Nakamura in the seventh inning.
Fighters first baseman D.T. Cromer became the first player in either league this season to be ejected from the game after verbally abusing the plate umpire in the eighth.
Hawks at BlueWave — ppd.
Giants 11, BayStars 5
Rookie right-hander Hiroshi Kisanuki (1-1) picked up his first career win in his fourth try as the Giants trounced Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium.
Four Giants homered including Takayuki Saito, who went 4-for-6 with a solo home run in the sixth. Roberto Petagine and Tomohiro Nioka both homered and drove home three runs each.
Dragons 5, Swallows 4 (11)
Kosuke Fukudome went 4-for-5 and hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 11th s Chunichi edged Yakult at Jingu Stadium.
Alex Ramirez, who hit a two-run dinger in the first inning, belted a clutch solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth — his 10th homer of the year — to tie the game.
Tigers vs. Carp — ppd.
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