YOKOHAMA – Hitoshi Tamura drove in the winning run to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the BayStars a 4-3 victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday at Yokohama Stadium.
The slumping Giants had an 0-4 start for the first time in 47 years and are the only team that haven’t won a game this season in Japanese pro baseball.
Trailing the Giants 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hitoshi Taneda blasted a game-tying two-run homer to send the game into extra innings.
Dragons 4, Swallows 3
At Jinju Stadium, Tyrone Woods hit a pair of homers and Kenta Asakura pitched five-plus effective innings in his first start this season as Chunichi held on for a triumph over Yakult.
Woods hit Katsutoshi Ishido’s first pitch for a two-run homer to give the Dragons an early lead in the first inning and went deep again in the sixth with a solo shot to make it 4-2, spoiling the Swallows’ home opener.
The Swallows pulled to within 3-2 in the fifth on a throwing error by Chunichi second baseman Masahiro Araki and 4-3 in the sixth on a solo shot by Ken Suzuki, but their bats were silenced by the Dragons bullpen from then on.
Asakura (1-0) posted the win and Hitoki Iwase worked the ninth for the save.
Tigers 9, Carp 2
At Hiroshima Stadium, Norihiro Akahoshi and Andy Sheets drew bases-loaded walks in a five-run second inning and Hanshin went on to defeat Hiroshima for their third straight victory.
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (1-0) limited the damage to two runs on six hits in six innings while Masayuki Hasegawa (0-1) gave up six runs and was chased after three innings. Sheets went 3-for-4 with four RBIs with a homer and a two-run single.
Hawks 3, Buffaloes 1
At Skymark Stadium, Junji Hoshino pitched five-plus strong innings and four relievers combined on a one-hitter the rest of the way in Softbank’s victory over Orix.
Munenori Kawasaki put the Hawks on the board with an RBI groundout in the third inning at Skymark Stadium and Tony Batista followed with an RBI single, helping the Hawks stay on top of the PL standings win their eighth win in 10 games played this season.
Hoshino (2-0) allowed five hits and a walk. Koji Mise capped a strong bullpen effort, which also featured Yasushi Kamiuchi, Shintaro Yoshitake and Katsunori Okamoto, for his fourth save.
Takashi Aiki (0-1) gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Marines 12, Lions 4
At Seibu Dome, Lee Seung Yeop hit a first-inning RBI double and a solo homer in the third and Tsuyoshi Nishioka added three runs on 4-for-5 hitting as Lotte scored in all but one inning to overpower the Lions.
Backed by a 15-hit offense, Kosuke Kato (1-0) held the Marines to one run and three hits in six innings of work. Lions rookie Hideaki Wakui (0-2) was charged with five runs in three innings in losing his second straight start.
Fighters 5, Eagles 4
At Fukushima, Michihiro Ogasawara drove in the go-ahead run with a leadoff homer in the top of the 10th inning as Nippon Ham edged Rakuten.
Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a solo homer to spark a three-run sixth that made it 4-2 before Rakuten tied the game on a passed ball by Nippon Ham catcher Satoshi Nakajima in the sixth and an RBI single by Tadaharu Sakai in the eighth.
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