Kazuteru Shimada drove in two runs to spark a nine-run, eighth inning Wednesday as the Nippon Ham Fighters trounced the Pacific League-leading Daiei Hawks 12-6 at Tokyo Dome.
The Hawks’ magic number to clinch the league pennant remains unchanged at three after the second-place Seibu Lions fought to a tie with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
With the bases loaded, Shimada hit a clutch single in the eighth, as Nippon Ham rallied by taking advantage of six walks.
Lions 3, Marines 3 (12)
At Seibu Dome, Seibu and Lotte played to a tie in 12 innings.
Under Japanese professional baseball rules, games are not played beyond 12 innings, even if the score is tied.
Hiroyuki Oshima connected for a two-run homer in the third inning, when Seibu took a 3-1 lead.
Lotte scored a run in the fifth before pinch-hitter Kiyoshi Hatsushiba doubled home a tying run in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.
BlueWave 4, Buffaloes 2
At Osaka Dome, Mitsutaka Goto belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead Orix to a come-from-behind victory over Kintetsu.
Trailing 1-2, Goto blasted his eighth homer of the season before Takeshi Yamasaki added another insurance run with his 21st homer in the ninth, helping Orix to snap its losing streak at seven.
Mac Suzuki took the win after allowing two runs on five hits over eight innings.
Hisashi Ogura worked the final inning for his fifth save.
BayStars 3, Carp 0
At Hiroshima Stadium, Domingo Guzman, formerly of Taiwan’s China Trust Whales, tossed a three-hitter over the distance as Yokohama blanked Hiroshima.
For Guzman (8-12), it was his second shutout pitching this season.
Takanori Suzuki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the first inning.
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