YOKOHAMA – Tyrone Woods homered for the second straight night and Kazuki Yoshimi pitched his third complete game of the season Friday as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Yokohama BayStars 7-2 for their sixth straight win and closed in on a playoff spot in the Central League.
Chunichi took a 2-1 lead on RBI hits by Norihiro Nakamura and Kazuhiro Wada before Woods’ three-run shot in a four-run fifth provided the decisive blow at Yokohama Stadium.
With the win, the Dragons reduced their magic number to make the Climax Series to one.
Yoshimi (10-3) allowed two runs on an RBI single to Shuichi Murata and a solo homer to Takanori Suzuki. Hiroki Sanada (2-4) took the loss as the BayStars’ winless streak reached 15 games, including a tie.
Friday’s victory moved the Dragons 2 1/2 games ahead of the idle Hiroshima Carp in the race for the remaining playoff berth.
The Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants have secured their places in the postseason.
Swallows 7, Tigers 5
At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yakult came back from five runs down with a late rally to drop Hanshin back into a tie for the league lead.
The Swallows, who were held scoreless by Yuya Ando through six innings, roughed up the Tigers bullpen to pull within a run in the seventh and turned the game around with a three-run eighth, highlighted by a go-ahead, two-run double by Ryohei Kawamoto off Kyuji Fujikawa.
Yakult pounded out eight hits in the two innings off Tomoyuki Kubota, Jeff Williams, Scott Atchison and Fujikawa, who also threw a wild pitch that tied the game at 5-5. Atchison (7-5) was charged with the loss.
Masao Kida (2-0) picked up the win in one inning of relief and Ryota Igarashi got his third save. Takashi Toritani, Makoto Imaoka and Norihiro Akahoshi had RBI hits for the Tigers.
Marines 7, Eagles 3
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Chiba Lotte beat Tohoku Rakuten in its final game of the season after coming back from a three-run deficit.
Naotaka Takehara and Koichi Hori had two-run hits in a six-run rally in the fifth inning, which also saw Eagles starter Hiroshi Katayama (2-7) issue two bases-loaded walks.
Shingo Ono (5-4) worked five innings for his first win since Aug. 14 and Takumi Kobe homered for the Marines, who finished fourth in the Pacific League with a 73-70 record and a tie.