Jose Ortiz belted his 32nd and 33rd homers and Yoshitomo Tani had three RBIs to lift the Orix BlueWave over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Monday.
Ortiz connected for a solo blast to ignite a four-run second inning, and added a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Up 6-1 in the sixth, Tani hit a three-run double to widen the lead.
BlueWave hurler Kazuya Motoyanagi (4-1) was tagged for five runs on nine hits over seven-plus innings but held on for the win as Orix snapped its losing streak at Chiba Marine Stadium at 11.
Yasuhiko Yabuta (5-6) gave up four runs on six hit over 1 2/3 innings in taking the loss.
Lotte designated hitter Koichi Hori belted his 21st homer of the season to better his career best.
Carp 5, Giants 5 (12)
At Hiroshima Stadium, the Carp rallied for three runs down in the ninth inning to draw even with Yomiuri and both teams failed to score the rest of the way as the game ended a tie after 12 innings.
Trailing 5-2 with two out in the ninth, Itsuki Asai singled home a runner from second.
The Carp then loaded the bases with a single and a walk before Takuya Kimura nailed a two-run single to right field for the game-tying runs.
Marines can Yamamoto
Chiba Lotte Marines manager Koji Yamamoto will not return to the Pacific League club next season but the club has yet to decide on who will take the helm, Marines executive Tomoichi Kawakita said Monday.
“Mr. Yamamoto’s contract ends after this season, and we told him we do not intend to renew it. We will get working as soon as possible on finding someone to replace him,” Kawakita said.
Former New York Mets skipper Bobby Valentine, who managed the Marines in 1995 and led them to their most recent top-three finish the same year, is reportedly among the candidates.
The 51-year-old Yamamoto took over as the manager of the Chiba club in 1999, but the team will finish out of the league’s top three for a fifth straight season under his guidance this year.
As of Monday, the Marines are fourth in the PL with a 61-66-3 record.
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