Lions slugger Alex Cabrera belted his 33rd homer of the year for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Seibu downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 3-2 at Seibu Dome on Monday.
Tied 2-all in the eighth, Cabrera deposited a Naoyuki Shimizu offering into the left-center field bleachers to give Seibu the lead.
Shimizu (8-6) went the distance, holding the Lions to eight hits while striking out five in a losing effort.
Seibu reliever Shinji Mori (5-2) pitched one inning for the win, while closer Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the ninth and earned his PL-leading 26th save.
BlueWave 4, Fighters 3 (11)
Takeshi Hidaka singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Orix beat Nippon Ham at Yahoo BB Stadium with its third “sayonara” victory of the season.
Rookie Daisuke Kato (4-0) picked up the win, pitching two innings in relief of starter Koo Dae Sung. Koo pitched nine innings, giving up three runs on six hits while fanning 11 batters.
PL batting leader Michihiro Ogasawara went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer in the third inning, and improved to .362.
With the BlueWave leading 3-2 in the fourth, Tatsuya Ide smacked a solo homer off Koo to tie the game for the Fighters.
Buffaloes 9, Hawks 8
Hirotoshi Kitagawa nailed a two-run double in the top of the ninth to lift Kintetsu over Daiei at Fukuoka Dome.
Gaillard a ‘Star
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) The Yokohama BayStars said Monday they have acquired hurler Eddie Gaillard, released recently by fellow Central League club the Chunichi Dragons, after being placed on waivers.
It will be the first time that a player has been transferred before a season ends in the league.
The 32-year-old right-hander was removed from Chunichi’s active roster early last month as he injured his right hand during practice.
He was reactivated and made two relief appearances but was again taken off the roster on June 27 after hurting his right middle finger.
Monday was the last day for Yokohama to express its intention to acquire him based on waiver rules — the process by which a player to be removed from a roster is made available to other clubs. The club with the lowest winning percentage in a given league has the first opportunity to negotiate with the player.
The last-place BayStars released pitcher Matt Whiteside earlier this month and has been looking for a new closer.
Team President Susumu Minegishi said, “He (Gaillard) is a pitcher we can depend on. Honestly, we wanted him to play for us not for this season but for the next season to strengthen our (pitching) performance.”
Twice named the league’s top reliever, Gaillard racked up 112 saves in four seasons with the Dragons and has a 2-2 record with 14 saves and a 5.09 ERA in 23 games this year.
Gaillard, who has been said to be at odds with the Dragons on various fronts, said he will make a fresh start in life. “True Yokohama has been struggling. But my joining the club can be a shot in the arm,” he said.
Gaillard will wear uniform No. 32, according to the club.
Yokohama has compiled a 24-64 win-loss record with a winning percentage of .273 as of Sunday, trailing the league-leading Hanshin Tigers by 40 games and fifth-place Hiroshima Carp by 17.5 games.
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