Tuffy Rhodes singled home the game winner in the eighth inning and Koji Uehara pitched a four-hitter in a complete game effort on Tuesday, lifting the Yomiuri Giants past the Orix Buffaloes 2-1 in interleague play.

Rhodes saved Uehara and the Central League cellar dwellers with his two-out clutch hit off Daisuke Kato (1-1) that broke a 1-1 tie at Tokyo Dome after the game turned into a heated duel between Opening Day pitchers — Uehara and Hidetaka Kawagoe.

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