SENDAI – Takeshi Yamasaki hit a pinch-hit RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Pacific League cellar-dwelling Rakuten Eagles snapped a five-game losing skid with a 5-4 home-game victory over the Yakult Swallows in interleague play.
Yamasaki, a 19th-year veteran who found a new home with the Sendai-based team this year, carried a full-count pitch by Masahiro Yoshikawa (1-1) to center with two out and a runner on third at Fullcast Stadium after the Swallows scored two runs to knot the game at 4-all in the sixth.
Marines 6, Carp 3
At Fukuyama Municipal Stadium, Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a two-run triple off Hiroki Kuroda (5-2) to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning and capped the scoring with a bases-loaded RBI groundout in a two-run ninth as Chiba Lotte overpowered Hiroshima.
Masahide Kobayashi got his career 150th save for closing out the ninth on nine pitches. Kobayashi, whose save was his 13th this season, became only the fourth pitcher in Japanese baseball history to accomplish the feat.
Lions 3, Tigers 2
At Nishikyogoku Stadium, Yoshihito Ishii made it 2-0 on a double — his second RBI hit of the night — and Yasuyuki Kataoka drove in the third run on a single off Shinobu Fukuhara (1-6) as Seibu overcame a ninth-inning scare to beat Hanshin and return to .500 in the Pacific League standings.
BayStars 4, Buffaloes 1
At Osaka Dome, Hitoshi Taneda hit a three-run homer off Hidetaka Kawagoe (2-3) to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and Seiichi Uchikawa also went deep, carrying Yokohama past Orix.
Ken Kadokura (2-1), who held the Buffaloes to just two hits through the eighth, came within two outs of a complete game shutout and was relieved after he gave up a run on a Yoshitomo Tani single in the ninth. Mark Kroon got the final two outs for the save.
Hawks 3, Giants 2
At Yahoo Dome, Katsuhiko Miyaji sparked a three-run sixth inning with a two-run, bases-loaded single and Hiroshi Shibahara followed with an RBI sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run as Softbank overcame five scoreless innings to edge Yomiuri.
Fighters 2, Dragons 0
At Sapporo Dome, Ken Kamakura (3-1) set the pace over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three pitchers on a two-hit shutout, lifting Hokkaido Nippon Ham to its third straight victory and back to .500 with a blanking of Chunichi. Yukiya Yokoyama closed out the ninth for the save.
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