KOBE – Yoshitomo Tani hit a solo homer to cut the deficit in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run on a one-out sacrifice fly in a four-run seventh as the Orix BlueWave rallied to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 5-4 in the Pacific League on Sunday.
With one out in the seventh at Yahoo BB Stadium in Kobe, the BlueWave loaded the bases to set up Tani’s sacrifice to make it 3-2. Jose Ortiz then delivered a two-run double to stretch the lead. Kazuya Motoyanagi (5-1) allowed four runs — three earned — in eight innings for the win.
Marines 4, Lions 3
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kazuya Fukuura doubled into right field for the game-winner with two out in the ninth inning, lifting Lotte to a ‘sayonara’ victory over Seibu to secure fourth place in the league standings for the second consecutive year.
Second-place Seibu completed its regular season schedule while Kazuhiro Wada marked his 30th homer of the season for the second year in a row. Alex Cabrera came on as a pinch hitter but flied out to right in his only at-bat to finish the season on 50 homers.
Tigers 5, Carp 1
At Hiroshima Stadium, Kei Igawa pitched eight solid innings of one-run ball to post his fourth consecutive decision and Koji Hirashita pinch hit a two-run single in the eighth as the league champion Hanshin defeated the Carp.
Igawa (19-5) struck out four and yielded six hits with no walks at Hiroshima Stadium. The home team self-destructed in the eighth by committing three errors en route to the Tigers’ third straight win.
Dragons 9, BayStars 6
At Yokohama Stadium, Kosuke Fukudome homered twice, went 3-for-4 and had a pair of RBIs to lead a 15-hit attack as Chunichi came from five runs down to overpower the BayStars.
HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Right-hander Katsuhiro Nagakawa, who was vying for the Rookie of the Year title, was deactivated Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season due to a sore lower back, officials of the Central League club said.
Shindo to retire
KOBE (Kyodo) Orix BlueWave infielder Tatsuya Shindo said Sunday he will retire at the end of this season.
The 33-year-old told reporters as Yahoo BB Stadium in Kobe that he will call it quits since his level of play this year was well below his expectations.
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