Abe leads rally as Giants sink Marines

Kyodo News

Shinnosuke Abe hit a seventh-inning tiebreaking RBI single and Takuya Kimura followed with a two-run double as the Yomiuri Giants pulled away to beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 8-4 to win their fifth game in a row on Wednesday.

Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Michihiro Ogasawara led off with a double and scored on Abe’s clutch single off Soichi Fujita (1-2) in the four-run inning at Tokyo Dome.

Yomiuri beat Lotte for the second consecutive night after a nine-game losing streak against the Pacific League leader.

Lee Seung Yeop hit a two-run homer in the fourth that tied the game 3-3 and Abe followed the next inning with an RBI single, but Daisuke Hayakawa delivered a solo shot to retie it 4-4 in the seventh.

Yomiuri came back from a 3-0 deficit after three innings against Lotte submarine hurler Shunsuke Watanabe before Lotte’s brief rally.

Fighters 7, Carp 1

At Hiroshima Stadium, Shinji Takahashi and Atsunori Inaba both homered and drove in three runs as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Hiroshima to get its 16th win in 21 interleague games.

Tomochika Tsuboi put Nippon Ham on the board with a second-inning RBI double and Takahashi hit a run-scoring single in the fifth before a solo shot by Jun Hirose pulled Hiroshima within a run in the eighth.

Nippon Ham broke the game open by scoring five runs in the ninth on a three-run homer by Inaba and a two-run shot by Takahashi.

Shintaro Ejiri (4-0) won in relief. Rookie lefty Takahiro Aoki (1-8) was charged with two runs in six innings. Trey Hillman’s team is now 16-4 with a tie in interleague play.

BayStars 4, Hawks 3

At Yokohama Stadium, Masaaki Koike hit his first career walkoff homer as Yokohama crawled back to .500 while sending Fukuoka Softbank to its fourth consecutive loss.

With the game tied at 3-3 with one out in the ninth inning, Koike drove a 0-1 pitch from Akio Mizuta (4-2) into the left-field seats. Takeo Kawamura (2-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth. The Hawks have lost four games in a row for the first time this season.

Dragons 5, Buffaloes 2

At Kanazawa, Kosuke Fukudome hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Hirokazu Ibata produced four hits as Chunichi downed Orix to move a season-high 10 games above .500.

Pinch-hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the sixth and Fukudome connected in the seventh to extend the lead at Ishikawa prefectural stadium. Masafumi Hirai (1-0) got the win in relief and Hitoki Iwase picked up his 19th save.

The Buffaloes scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie it. Greg LaRocca was thrown out trying to score from first on Tuffy Rhodes’ RBI double for the second out before Hirotoshi Kitagawa’s RBI single. Tom Davey (5-6) took the loss.

Tigers 5, Eagles 0

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto had RBI singles in the first and seventh innings, helping power Hanshin past Tohoku Rakuten to stretch its undefeated streak to three, including one tie.

Rookie Keiji Uezono (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts and two walks, to earn his career-first win.

Takahiro Shoda also drove in a run with an RBI single to contribute in the 12-hit attack. Kyuji Fujikawa got the final four outs for his 17th save.

Rakuten rookie Masahiro Tanaka (4-3), making his return to Koshien Stadium for the first time since pitching for runner-up Komadai Tomakomai at the national high school championship last summer, took the loss.

Lions 6, Swallows 4 (10)

At Jingu Stadium, Alex Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning as Seibu held off Tokyo Yakult to extend its winning streak to six games.

Cabrera’s two-run blast off Masahiro Yoshikawa (1-1) put Seibu up 5-3 and Takumi Kuriyama added a solo home run to increase the lead to three runs.

Alex Graman (3-6) picked up the win in relief, with Chikara Onodera earning his 12th save. Aaron Guiel drove in Yakult’s all four runs with a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth and a solo shot in the 10th.