FUKUOKA – Takashi Miwa’s second homer of the night at Fukuoka Dome turned into the tie-breaker in the top of the 12th inning as the 10th-year catcher lifted the last-place Orix BlueWave over the front-running Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 3-2 in the Pacific League on Monday.
Miwa sent the second pitch by Matt Skrmetta (1-1) into the left field stands and turned the tide in favor of the visitors after Daiei pinch runner Hisao Arakane was thrown out at the plate and denied a potential game winner by Yoshitomo Tani’s perfect throw home in the 11th.
Takuji Yamamoto (2-1) got two outs in the 11th for the win and Masato Yoshii escaped a two-out, two-on jam in the bottom of the 12th for his first save this season.
Fighters 5, Buffaloes 1
At Tokyo Dome, Tomochika Tsuboi went 3-for-3 and capped the scoring in a three-run first inning with an RBI single off Jeremy Powell (4-6) after Angel Echevarria doubled home the go-ahead run as Nippon Ham beat Kintetsu.
Rookie Hisashi Takeda (1-0) relieved Kiyoshi Sasaki, who was knocked out in three-plus innings, with none out and two on in the fourth and worked three scoreless innings for his career first win in 12 games this season.
Sasaki was a last-minute replacement for scheduled starter Satoru Kanemura, who injured his right elbow during pre-game practice. Powell lost his third in as many games against Nippon Ham.
Carp eye Davey
HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) The Hiroshima Carp are getting ready to acquire right-hander Tom Davey of Triple-A Pawtucket as a candidate to join the team’s starting rotation and are hoping to see him in Japan by the end of the month, baseball officials said Monday.
The 29-year-old Davey, who played for the San Diego Padres from 2000 to 2002, has a 4.41 ERA in his four-year major league career and was 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 games in the minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox this year.
Surgery for Asakura
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Kenta Asakura, the Chunichi Dragons’ top draft pick in 2000, will undergo endoscopic surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right elbow and might not return to the rotation this season, baseball officials said Monday.
Asakura, who will have the operation on the elbow of his throwing arm on Thursday, was told by doctors he would need two months of rehabilitation before being able to take part in pitching practice.
The 21-year-old led the team with seven complete games and 200-1/3 innings while appearing in 31 games last season but is 1-4 with a 7.89 ERA in six games so far this year.
Asakura was demoted to the farm team on May 4.
Nishi off roster
Yomiuri Giants infielder Toshihisa Nishi was diagnosed Monday with bruises to his left ankle and taken off the active roster after being told he would need 10 days to recover, officials of the Central League club said.
Nishi, who also sustained bruises to his chest and twisted his right ankle in a defensive collision on April 13, was hit on the ankle by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome and is scheduled to rest at home until the swelling subsides.
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