Kenji Yano hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning as the Yomiuri Giants rallied to beat the Softbank Hawks 7-3 on Thursday.
Yano’s shot to deep left off Takayuki Shinohara (0-1) came with one out and the bases loaded, giving Yomiuri a 4-3 lead at Tokyo Dome.
Shinnosuke Abe also connected off the left-handed reliever in the eighth for a three-run shot.
Softbank was on course to win the game, having built a 3-0 lead on a two-run homer by Hitoshi Tamura in the third and a solo drive from Hidenori Tanoue in the fourth. Nagisa Arakaki had carried a shutout into the seventh.
Dragons 10, Eagles 2
At Toyohashi Stadium in Aichi Pref., Motonobu Tanishige hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning among his four hits as Chunichi defeated Rakuten to snap a three-game losing streak.
Tyrone Woods and Norihiro Nakamura each hit a solo home run in the second to give Chunichi a 2-0 lead before RBI singles from Yosuke Takasu and Koichi Isobe tied the score for Rakuten in the third.
Tigers 6, Lions 3
At Koshien Stadium, Takashi Toritani turned the game around with a three-run homer in the fourth inning as Hanshin beat Seibu for its second come-from-behind victory in as many nights.
Marines 2, Carp 0
In Shimanami, lefty Yoshihisa Naruse pitched seven shutout innings and Tomoya Satozaki drove in a run with a clutch single as Lotte blanked Hiroshima to win its fifth straight.
Swallows 4, Buffaloes 1 (5)
At Jingu Stadium, Seth Greisinger allowed one run and two hits over five efficient innings and Aaron Guiel chipped in with a two-run homer as Yakult beat Orix in a game called after five innings.
Fighters at ‘Stars — ppd.
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