Tomohiro Nioka homered off Hanshin closer Tomoyuki Kubota in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Yomiuri Giants their first win in three games with a 5-4 “sayonara” victory over the Central League-leading Tigers on Friday.

News photoDan Serafini of the Chiba Lotte Marines pitches against the Orix Buffaloes at Skymark Stadium.

Nioka drove a 1-1 pitch from Kubota (3-3) over the wall in left-center to end the game after Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a two-run homer, his fourth homer in three games, to tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth.

Yuya Kubo (5-3) earned the win after working out a two-on jam in the top of the 11th.

Hanshin took a 2-0 lead against Kimiyasu Kudo on a two-run homer by Takashi Toritani but Toshihisa Nishi replied with a two-run drive off Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi in the fourth.

Swallows 6, BayStars 3

At Yokohama Stadium, Alex Ramirez and Akinori Iwamura both homered as Yakult downed Yokohama.

Iwamura hit a solo homer in the third and Ramirez added a two-run blast in the fifth for his 24th homer of the season.

Swallows starter Ryo Kawashima earned the victory after holding the BayStars to one run on eight hits over eight innings. Hirotoshi Ishii recorded the final two outs in the ninth for the save.

Dragons 7, Carp 5

At Hiroshima Stadium, pinch-hitter Mitsunobu Takahashi hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning as Chunichi rallied past Hiroshima.

The Dragons turned a two-run deficit into a 6-5 lead when Takahashi connected off Mike Romano (4-3) for a one-out shot into the left stands before Alex Ochoa singled home an insurance run in the eighth.


Marines 11, Buffaloes 3

At Skymark Stadium, Matt Franco and Val Pascucci drove in three runs each to lead Bobby Valentine’s Chiba Lotte to a win over Orix.

Pascucci, formerly of the Montreal Expos, connected for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning when the Marines scored six runs.

Franco hit a two-run homer in the fifth and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Lions 8, Eagles 2

At Fullcast Stadium, Alex Cabrera hit a pair of two-run homers, leading Seibu to a win over Tohoku Rakuten.

Cabrera homered in the third and fourth innings to give the Lions an early 6-0 lead.

Hawks 5, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Julio Zuleta hit a go-ahead three-run homer off rookie Yu Darvish as league-leading Softbank beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham for its third straight victory.

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