Kazuhiro Wada tripled in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning Monday to lift the Seibu Lions to a 6-5 victory over the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes.
Wada’s triple to the gap in right-center field at Osaka Dome scored Kazuo Matsui from first as the Lions picked up a half game on idle Daiei and trail the front-running Hawks by only 4 1/2 games in the Pacific League standings.
Taketoshi Goto belted a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Lions a 5-3 lead but Norihiro Nakamura connected for a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead to 5-4 before Tuffy Rhodes tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with his league-leading 44th homer of the season.
Marines 5, BlueWave 4
Koichi Hori connected for a solo homer in the top of the eighth inning as Lotte edged Orix at Yahoo BB Stadium.
Yasuhiko Yabuta picked up the win after holding the BlueWave to three runs on five hits over six innings, and Masahide Kobayashi retired the side in the ninth for his 25th save of the season.
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