Koji Goto pinch-hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lift the Yomiuri Giants over the Yakult Swallows 6-5 at Tokyo Dome on Friday.
With the Giants leading 5-1 in the seventh, Katsuyuki Dobashi led off the inning with a solo homer and with two out, Todd Betts singled home two runs.
In the eighth, Shinichi Sato hit an RBI single off Yomiuri reliever Yukinaga Maeda (4-2) to tie the game before Goto hit a sacrifice fly off Swallows reliever Ryota Igarashi (2-3) to put the Giants ahead.
Julio Santana pitched the ninth for his second save.
Takayuki Shimizu went 4-for-4 for the Giants.
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Arakaki has surgery
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks rookie right-hander Nagisa Arakaki, who has been removed from the active roster due to an ankle injury, underwent surgery at a Fukuoka hospital Friday, club officials said.
Arakaki injured his right ankle in a game last Saturday and was later diagnosed with a dislocated tendon in his foot.
Club sources said the 23-year-old Okinawa native will be hospitalized for four days and need to keep his ankle in a cast for about three weeks after he has been released.
He is expected to rejoin the team in mid-September after undergoing rehabilitation. Thus far, Arakaki has posted an 8-7 record with a 3.34 ERA in 18 games this season.
Hiyama out of action
TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers outfielder Shinjiro Hiyama was taken off the active roster Friday after he was diagnosed with an abdominal strain on the left side of his body, club officials said.
The results of an MRI conducted at a Hyogo prefectural hospital showed Hiyama, who was replaced in Thursday’s game against the Yakult Swallows after complaining of lower back pain, has damaged muscles and will need three to four weeks to recover.
Chief trainer Tadao Saruki said Hiyama will need three days’ rest before he can begin rehabilitation. Hiyama is batting .276 with 92 hits and 53 RBIs after 90 games this season.
Rain halts H.S. C’ship
Imabari Nishi right-hander Itta Toyoshima scattered three hits over the distance to lead the Ehime high school over Nichidai Tohoku of Fukushima 6-0 in a first-round game at the national high school baseball championship on Friday.
In the second game of the day, Komadai Tomakomai of Hokkaido led 8-0 against Okayama’s Kurashiki Kogyo in the fourth inning when heavy rainfall caused by approaching typhoon Etau forced the game to be called at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
The game will be replayed on Saturday.
It was the 10th time in tournament history that a game was rained out.
The other two games that were scheduled for Friday — Koryo (Hiroshima) vs. Tokaidai Kofu (Yamanashi) and Haguro (Yamagata) vs. Iwakuni (Yamaguchi) — were postponed until Saturday.
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