Pedro Valdes drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning for the eventual game winner as the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks overcame a late scare to edge the Kintetsu Buffaloes 6-5 on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome.
After Julio Zuleta and Nobuhiko Matsunaka homered off Jeremy Powell (2-5) to help put Daiei 5-3 ahead, Mizuki Tanaka, Tadahito Iguchi and Munenori Kawasaki hit consecutive singles in the seventh before Valdes walked on four pitches from Hideo Koike for the key run.
Kazumi Saito (5-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of work for the win as Daiei won its eighth straight game — its longest streak in four years.
Lions 13, BlueWave 3
At Yahoo BB Stadium, Jose Fernandez and Hiroyuki Nakajima had three RBIs apiece to highlight a 12-hit offense in a rout of Orix.
Fighters 5, Marines 4
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Angel Echevarria hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and Tomoyuki Oda extended the lead to 5-0 on an RBI double in the seventh, helping Nippon Ham win two in a row against Lotte after dropping five of six games last week.
BayStars 4, Giants 2
Pinch-hitter Takanori Suzuki hit a tie-breaking double and Scott Mullen pitched seven strong innings to lead Yokohama over Yomiuri at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
Dragons 12, Carp 3
At Hiroshima Stadium, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs as Chunichi delivered 18 hits in a rout of Hiroshima and closed in on league leader Yomiuri with its third straight victory.
Tigers 8, Swallows 3
At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin scored four runs on five hits in a second-inning rally and went on to hand last-place Yakult its third straight loss.
Carp to ink Watson
HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) The Hiroshima Carp are on the verge of acquiring southpaw Mark Watson from Triple-A Louisville in a bid to strengthen their bullpen, baseball sources said Tuesday.
Irabu going down
OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers right-hander Hideki Irabu will be deactivated and begin training in the minor leagues after the pitcher complained of a persisting pain in his right knee on Tuesday, club officials said.
Negoro speaks out
Kyodo News Japanese baseball commissioner Yasuchika Negoro on Tuesday urged teams to refrain from bickering over minor differences in a bid to approve the merger of the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix BlueWave.
“There are pluses and minuses for each team, but let’s try to avoid minor conflicts for the sake of greater common interest in order to complete (the merger),” said Negoro.
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