Tuffy Rhodes belted his second solo homer of the night in the 11th inning to give the Kintetsu Buffaloes a 11-10 “sayonara” victory over the Nippon Fighters on Friday night at Osaka Dome.
Trailing 7-1, Kintetsu’s Naoyuki Omura blasted a grand slam to key a fifth inning uprising in a contest which saw nine homers between both teams.
Pinch hitter Daisuke Masuda hit a three-run dinger to give the Buffaloes a 9-8 lead in the eighth and Rhodes hit his first shot to tie the game 10-10 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Lions 10, BlueWave 1
Koji Mitsui struck out a career-high 11 over the distance for his fifth straight win and Hiroyuki Shibata, Taisei Takagi and Hiroyuki Takagi each homered for Seibu in a rout of Orix at Seibu Dome.
Mitsui (5-0) surrendered a solo homer to Takashi Miwa in the ninth to stop his shutout bid but walked none, allowing five hits in a 134-pitch outing at Seibu Dome.
Shibata hit a two-run shot in the second and Hiroyuki Takagi slammed a three-run blast to highlight a seven-run sixth.
Satoshi Tokumoto (1-2) was rocked for six runs — one unearned — in five-plus innings and took the loss. Seibu moved one game over .500 with its fifth win in a row.
Hawks 7, Marines 6
Yusuke Torigoe singled home the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Daiei to a triumph over Chiba Lotte at Fukuoka Dome.
Tadahito Iguchi went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Yudai Deguchi hit a leadoff double in the ninth after the Hawks rallied from an early 5-2 deficit to tie the game twice.
Hawks starter Hayato Terahara was knocked out after allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Average stadium attendance in both leagues in Japanese baseball in the 2003 season has decreased compared to the same time last year, according to the latest official figures released by the Central and Pacific league offices on Friday.
The average number of fans who have attended a single CL game from the March 28 season openers to the May 1 games was 31,438 after 81 games, down 2.9 percent from last year, while the figure was 21,600 after 79 games for the PL, down 6.1 percent.
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