Takashi Tachikawa drove in the decisive run in the first inning as the Lotte Marines edged the Orix BlueWave 3-2 to hand the struggling Pacific League team their 23rd straight Sunday loss.
Orix scored two runs in the top of the first at Chiba Marine Stadium but Lotte came right back in the bottom of the opening frame.
Kazuya Fukuura and Jose Fernandez had back-to-back RBI hits before Tachikawa gave the home team the lead for good with a single to left off Orix starter Hiroshi Kobayashi.
Naoyuki Shimizu picked up the win after giving up two runs on three hits over eight innings. Masahide Kobayashi retired the side in the ninth for his 100th career save.
Scott Sheldon and Kazuhiko Shiotani each drove in a run for the BlueWave, who lost their sixth straight.
Buffaloes 2, Fighters 1
At Tokyo Dome, Tetsuya Matoyama and Daisuke Masuda both connected for solo homers to power Kintetsu to a victory over Nippon Ham.
Kintetsu starter Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 9-4 on the season after giving up one run on eight hits and striking out seven over the distance. Itsuki Shoda took the loss for the Fighters.
Lions 11, Hawks 10 (11)
Alex Cabrera solo homered in the top of the 11th — his 24th dinger of the year — for the go-ahead run as Seibu edged Daiei at Fukuoka Dome.
Cabrera went 3-for-6 with two RBIs in the longest game of the season at five hours and 20 minutes.
Tigers 6, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, George Arias belted a three-run homer in the fourth and Shinjiro Hiyama added a solo shot in the eighth as front-running Hanshin defeated the BayStars.
With the victory, Hanshin won its 50th game of the season and its 16th straight over the last-place BayStars.
The Tigers headed into Sunday’s games with a commanding 11 1/2-game lead over second-place Chunichi in the standings.
Swallows 10, Carp 9 (10)
In Hiroshima, Noriyuki Shiroishi drove in the winning run with a single in the top of the 10th inning to lift Yakult over the Carp.
Todd Betts hit a two-run homer and Katsuyuki Dobashi added a solo shot as the Swallows rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Giants 6, Dragons 1
Hiroshi Kisanuki went the distance for the third time this season and equaled a club record for rookies with his fourth game with double-digit strikeouts as Yomiuri overpowered Chunichi at Nagoya Dome to snap its losing skid at three.
Kisanuki (5-3) yielded six hits and two walks in his 126-pitch outing with 10 strikeouts.
Tomohiro Nioka belted a solo homer off former teammate Kazuhiro Hiramatsu (1-1) in the first inning while catcher Shinnosuke Abe went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Hiramatsu was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on four hits over one-plus innings.
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