Hitoshi Tamura belted a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth to lift the Yokohama BayStars over the Yomiuri Giants Giants 3-2 at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.
Hitoshi Tamura belted a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth to lift Yokohama over the Giants at Tokyo Dome.
Tamura, who connected for a two-run dinger in the top of the ninth in Wednesday’s game, slammed the go-ahead blast off Yomiuri starter Kimiyasu Kudo (3-2) for his third homer of the year.
Kudo struck out 10 batters while giving up three runs on seven hits.
Chris Holt (3-8) limited the Giants to one earned run on eight hits over the distance for his first win since May 5.
Carp 7, Tigers 4
Hiroshima second baseman Takuya Kimura smacked an RBI double to trigger a go-ahead five-run eighth as the Carp defeated the frontrunning Tigers at Osaka Dome, putting a halt to Hanshin’s six-game winning streak.
Tied 2-2 in the sixth, Hanshin’s Atsushi Fujimoto tripled home two runs to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
In the eighth, Kimura’s RBI double into center field sparked a six-hit rally as the Carp came back to take the lead. Shigeru Morikasa connected for a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara (1-0) relieved a scoreless seventh for the win, while rookie reliever Tomoyuki Kubota (1-1) was tagged for five earned runs in 1-1/3 innings in taking the loss.
Dragons 4, Swallows 2 (7)
Shigeki Noguchi (6-2) tossed five-hit ball over 6-2/3 solid innings to help Chunichi beat Yakult at Jingu Stadium in a game called due to rain in the seventh.
Mac ticketed for DUI
The Associated Press Orix BlueWave pitcher and former major leaguer Mac Suzuki was issued a ticket for drunk driving earlier this month, police said Thursday.
Suzuki was pulled over by Kobe police at about 2:40 a.m. on June 8 and was taken to a Hyogo police station where he was issued a ticket, police officer Juichiro Tanizawa said.
Suzuki apologized and reportedly told police he had met a high school friend for drinks about two hours earlier.
The amount Suzuki will be fined has not been determined but the 28-year-old right-hander was fined 500,000 yen by Orix, local media reported.
While he played for the Seattle Mariners in 1999, Suzuki was arrested for drunk driving after being involved in a traffic accident.
Suzuki has a 1-3 record this season with last-place Orix. Besides the Mariners, Suzuki also played for Kansas City, Milwaukee and Colorado.
Dragons pitcher Kawakami injured
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons right-hander Kenshin Kawakami strained a muscle in his left hamstring during practice on Thursday and will require at least a month and a half to fully recover, officials of the Central League club said.
Kawakami, 28, has already been removed from the active roster for a right shoulder injury and has been tuning up with a minor league club since May 14.
Kiyohara off roster
Kyodo News Yomiuri Giants slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara was taken off the active roster on Thursday after hurting his left arm, club officials said.
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