OSAKA — At Koshien Stadium, Norihiro Akahoshi connected for a “sayonara” triple off Junichi Kawahara with two out and runners on the corners in the 10th inning to lift the Hanshin Tigers over the Yomiuri Giants 5-4 after Makoto Imaoka hit a game-tying double in the ninth to force an extra inning.
Hiroki Kokubo hit a pair of homers and Daisuke Motoki led off the top of the 10th with a pinch-hit solo shot to put Yomiuri ahead 4-3, only to see Kawahara (0-1) blow the save.
Carp 19, Swallows 2
In Hiroshima, Koichi Ogata went 3-for-3 with five RBIs and Shigenobu Shima chipped in four more runs as the Carp set a season high in runs scored in a triumph over Yakult in a one-sided game.
Dragons 8, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Motonobu Tanishige and Alex Ochoa both hit two-run homers as Chunichi beat Yokohama and moved over .500 with a 19-18 record.
Hawks 4, Lions 2
At Seibu Dome, Kazumi Saito tossed a four-hitter over eight strong innings to lead Daiei to a victory over Pacific League-leading Seibu.
Saito, who won 20 games last season for the defending Japan Series champions, struck out 11 batters while giving up two runs and issuing just one walk at Seibu Dome.
Fighters 6, Buffaloes 5
At Tokyo Dome, Eiichi Koyano drove in the winning run with a single to right in the bottom of the ninth to lift Nippon Ham to a “sayonara” victory over Kintetsu.
Marines 3, BlueWave 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Yukihiko Sato drove in the winning run with a single to left in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Lotte over Orix.
TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. (Kyodo) Seibu Lions right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will be removed from the active roster Monday after complaining of tension in his lower and upper back, officials of the Pacific League said Sunday.
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