FUKUOKA – Shinnosuke Abe delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday as the Yomiuri Giants edged the Yakult Swallows 2-1 to extend their winning streak to six games.
Pinch hitter Abe ripped the first pitch he saw from Takehiko Oshimoto (0-2) off the right-field wall with two outs and runners on the corners in Central League action at Yahoo Dome.
Yoshitomo Tani got the Giants on the board with an RBI double in the fourth. Norichika Aoki hit a game-tying double in the eighth.
Daisuke Ochi (2-0) won in relief. Yakult has dropped three games in a row.
Carp 2, BayStars 0
At Yokohama Stadium, Yuki Saito and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout, leading the Carp over the BayStars.
Saito (1-1) allowed only one runner — on a fourth-inning single to Seiichi Uchikawa — over seven innings. Katsuhiro Nagakawa pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Soichiro Amaya broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with an RBI double off Les Walrond (0-2). Eishin Soyogi added an RBI triple two innings later.
Tigers at Dragons — late.
Buffaloes 2, Lions 1
At Kyocera Dome, Takeshi Hidaka had a walk-off solo homer off Koji Onuma (0-1) in the ninth inning, lifting Orix over Seibu.
The Buffaloes turned a 5-4-3 triple play with none out and runners on first and second in the fourth on Hiroshi Hirao’s sharp grounder to third base. The same feat was accomplished this season by Hokkaido Nippon Ham against Chiba Lotte on April 7.
Daisuke Kato (1-4) won in relief. Greg LaRocca drew a bases-loaded walk in the first before G.G. Sato belted a solo drive in the seventh to tie it.
Marines 5, Eagles 2
At Kleenex Stadium, Tadahito Iguchi had a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning as Chiba Lotte snapped a three-game losing skid by beating Tohoku Rakuten.
Naotaka Takehara went 4-for-5 to lead a 16-hit attack for the Marines, in which five of the starting nine had at least three hits. Tomoya Satozaki had an RBI double among his three hits.
Shingo Ono (1-1) limited the damage to two runs and six hits with no walks in eight innings. Kohei Hasebe (0-2) took the loss.
Fighters 7, Hawks 6
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