Roberto Petagine went 3-for-3 and belted his 21st and 22nd home runs as the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Yokohama BayStars 5-1 at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday night.
Starter Masumi Kuwata (4-2) gave up one run on five hits over seven solid innings for the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Petagine smashed a solo homer into the left-center field bleachers to tie the game.
Yomiuri went ahead in the fourth inning with Koji Goto’s solo blast before scoring three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Petagine’s second clout of the game.
Dragons 4, Tigers 1
Masafumi Hirai limited Hanshin to one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings as Chunichi beat the Central League leaders at Osaka Dome.
Hanshin rookie Tomoyuki Kubota (4-4) gave up four runs on four hits while fanning eight over seven innings and took the loss.
Swallows 7, Carp 6 (11)
Noriyuki Shiroishi belted a solo homer in the top of the 11th to lift Yakult over Hiroshima at Hiroshima Stadium.
Buffaloes 2, Fighters 1
Tuffy Rhodes smacked a two-run homer — his 39th blast of the year — for the go-ahead runs as Kintetsu beat Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.
Ken Kadokura (6-2) held the Fighters to four hits, including a solo homer by Shinji Takahashi in the fourth, while striking out six over 7 1/3 innings.
BlueWave 6, Hawks 2
Roosevelt Brown smacked a two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth as Orix beat Daiei at Fukuoka Dome.
With the loss, Daiei’s “magic number” for clinching the pennant disappeared.
With the score tied 2-2, Brown doubled home two runs before Takeshi Yamasaki hit a sacrifice fly. Tatsuya Shindo capped the inning with a solo home run.
Lions 6, Marines 3
Alex Cabrera went 3-for-3 and Taketoshi Goto belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning as Seibu won its fifth in a row and eighth straight against Lotte.
Hsu Ming-chieh (3-2) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win and PL saves leader Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the ninth for his 30th save.
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Joji Kitajima’s two-out RBI single in the fourth inning backed a complete game effort by southpaw Yutaka Kinoshita, lifting Gonokawa to a 1-0 victory over Okinawa Shogaku in the third round of the national high school baseball tournament on Tuesday.
Kinoshita allowed just four hits to give the Shimane prefectural school its second straight shutout win and its first trip to the final eight at the summer tourney in 15 years despite a three-hit performance by Gonokawa.
In another game, each of the starting nine for Seibo Gakuen had one of the 11 hits as the Saitama prefectural school scored four times in the fourth to erase a one-run deficit en route to a 7-3 triumph over Nara’s Tenri. Yuji Matsumura went the distance on a six-hitter as Seibo Gakuen reached its first quarterfinals.
Tomoki Shigeno sparked a three-run sixth with a tiebreaking infield single and a Yusuke Hidaka bases-loaded two-run single added insurance as Saga’s Tosu Shogyo downed Toyama Shogyo 6-3.
Kensuke Kanda tripled to tie it 3-3 in the fifth, but the Toyama prefectural school produced only one hit after the sixth inning.
In the final game of the day, Gunma’s Kiryu Daiichi scored six runs in the third inning as it came from behind to beat Komatsushima of Tokushima Prefecture 6-5.
Trailing 4-0 in the third, Kiryu Daiichi sent 10 batters to the plate in a seven-hit outburst to take the lead.
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