Murata takes plaudits as BayStars make late comeback to tame Lions


Shuichi Murata played hero twice Saturday, delivering a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning before hitting a walkoff shot in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Yokohama BayStars to a 5-4 win over the Saitama Seibu Lions.

Seibu overcame a 1-0 deficit on homers by Takeya Nakamura, Takahiko G.G. Sato and Hiram Bocachica for a 4-1 lead through the fifth, only to allow Yokohama to tie it on Murata’s three-run drive with one out in the eighth at Yokohama Stadium.

With two outs in the 10th, Murata went deep off Alex Graman (1-2) over the right-center wall. Hayato Terahara (3-5) got the win in relief. The Pacific League-leading Lions lost a season-worst fifth game in a row.

Fighters 4, Tigers 0

At Koshien Stadium, Brian Sweeney combined with three relievers in a five-hit shutout in Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s win over Hanshin.

Terrmel Sledge had an RBI double and Sweeney helped his own cause with an RBI groundout in the fourth inning. Naoto Inada cushioned the lead with a bases-loaded two-run single with two outs in the seventh.

Sweeney (6-2) allowed four hits while striking out three with no walks in six innings. Minoru Iwata (5-4) was charged with two runs on four hits in five innings.

Dragons 6, Marines 1

At Nagoya Dome, Tyrone Woods drove in two runs and Kenshin Kawakami threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings as Chunichi beat Chiba Lotte for its fourth straight victory.

Woods helped the Dragons to a 3-0 lead through three innings with a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single in his first two plate appearances.

Masahiro Araki had an RBI triple in the sixth among his two hits and scored twice for Chunichi.

Kawakami (5-3) allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six in winning his third straight decision.

Shingo Ono (3-3) took the loss.

Swallows 4, Buffaloes 2

At Jingu Stadium, Shinya Miyamoto singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning as Yakult sent Orix to its fourth straight defeat.

Miyamoto followed Kazuki Fukuchi’s game-tying double with an RBI infield hit off Shogo Yamamoto (5-2).

Fukuchi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ryo Kawashima (2-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. Lim Chang Yong picked up his 18th save.

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