Munenori Kawasaki doubled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th as the Daiei Hawks beat the Lotte Marines 4-3 with their second straight “sayonara” win at Fukuoka Dome.
Lotte suffered its sixth straight loss against Daiei.
Tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth, Makoto Kosaka doubled for two go-ahead runs. In the bottom of the frame, however, Bryant Nelson pinch-hit an RBI single and the Hawks scored the game-tying run on Kawasaki’s grounder to second to take the game into extra innings.
Daiei closer Matt Skrmetta got the final batter out and picked up the win.
Buffaloes 6, Fighters 2
Hiroshi Takamura (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits over seven solid innings as Kintetsu downed Nippon Ham at Osaka Dome.
Naoyuki Omura went 3-for-5 while driving in three runs to lead the Kintetsu attack.
Lions 12, BlueWave 12 (12)
Seibu scored the game-tying run with two out in the bottom of the ninth on Orix reliever Jun Hagiwara’s wild pitch and both teams failed to score the rest of the way as the game ended a tie after 12 innings.
During the 36-hit slugfest, Orix infielder Jose Ortiz of the Dominican Republic tripled in the first, singled in the third, homered in the sixth and doubled in the 10th to become the first player to record the cycle this season and 54th overall in Japanese baseball history.
BayStars 8, Dragons 5
Tyrone Woods blasted his eighth and ninth homers of the year, driving home five runs as Yokohama beat Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
‘Stars starter Yuji Yoshimi (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out six for the win.
Denny Tomori, who joined Yokohama from the Seibu Lions this season, got the final two outs for the save.
Tigers 6, Swallows 3
Hideki Irabu (4-0) held Yakult to one run on six hits over six innings for the win as Hanshin beat Yakult at Koshien Stadium.
Irabu struck out seven and walked none.
Down 1-0, Hanshin tied the game with Atsushi Fujimoto’s sacrifice fly and went ahead with Makoto Imaoka’s two-run single.
George Arias hit an RBI single in the fifth and the Tigers added two more runs to secure the lead.
Giants 8, Carp 7
Yomiuri catcher Shinnosuke Abe, who matched a team record with four walkoff hits last season, hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning for the game-winning run as the Giants had the last laugh in an 8-7 seesaw battle against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome.
Tied 7-7 in the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases with a single and two walks before Abe connected for a sacrifice fly to center field to score Takayuki Saito for the “sayonara” run.
Toshihisa Nishi went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the eighth, making a winner of Giants reliever Yukinaga Maeda (1-0) who pitched a scoreless ninth.
Trailing the Carp 4-0 in the sixth, Takahiro Suzuki sparked Yomiuri’s go-ahead five-run burst with an RBI single off Hiroshima starter Hiroki Kuroda, who had held the Giants scoreless over five innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Carp chased Yomiuri rookie hurler Yuya Kubo for three runs to take a 7-5 lead, but the Giants tied the game in the bottom of the frame with Nishi’s two-run dinger — his fourth homer of the year.
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Yokohama BayStars right-hander Kenichi Wakatabe, who was hospitalized with a fever, will not be joining his teammates in the top team for at least a month, chief trainer Masazumi Masunaga said before a game at Nagoya Dome on Saturday.
Wakatabe, who moved to Yokohama on a free-agent deal this season after playing for the Daiei Hawks for 11 years, was released from the hospital a day earlier but is not sure when he will resume training.
Also in the Central League, Yomiuri Giants southpaw Kimiyasu Kudo visited Tokyo Dome to inform manager Tatsunori Hara he will delay his return to the rotation after experiencing pain in his left thumb when he tried to take part in pitching practice.
Kudo damaged the ligaments in the thumb of his throwing arm in a collision near home plate in an April 12 game.
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