Pinch hitter Yoshiyuki Kamei hit a three-run walkoff homer with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Yomiuri Giants a 5-4 victory over the Chunichi Dragons on Saturday.
Kamei drove the first pitch he saw from Hitoki Iwase (0-1) over the center-field wall at Tokyo Dome, following back-to-back singles from Alex Ramirez and Yoshitomo Tani.
Kamei’s first homer of the season came after Kazuhiro Wada’s tiebreaking two-run homer put Chunichi up 4-2 in the top of the ninth.
“I’m sure everyone expected a sacrifice bunt in that situation, but I was told by the manager to just go for it,” Kamei said. “Being aggressive at the plate is my only strength. I thought I had to hit the first strike.”
Kiyoshi Toyoda (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up the ninth-inning homer to Wada. Ramirez opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second.
Chunichi came back to tie the game twice, once on a fifth-inning solo homer by Masaaki Koike and again on a Masahiro Araki RBI single in the eighth. But Iwase finally had a nightmare outing in his fifth appearance in as many days.
Tigers 12, Carp 1
At Mazda Stadium, Ikuro Katsuragi went 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs and Shinobu Fukuhara threw eight solid innings as Hanshin thumped Hiroshima for its third straight win.
Katsuragi capped a four-run first inning with a two-run home run off Masayuki Hasegawa (1-1) and had an RBI single in a four-run seventh. Takahiro Arai also drove in three runs.
Fukuhara (1-2) took a shutout into the eighth before giving up an RBI single to Kazuhiro Uemura.
BayStars at Swallows — ppd.
Marines 3, Lions 2
At Seibu Dome, Saburo Omura broke a scoreless deadlock with an RBI double and Ken Shinzato followed with a two-run triple in the seventh as Chiba Lotte held on to beat Saitama Seibu.
After Omura’s double to deep left scored Keisuke Hayasaka, pinch hitter Shinzato tripled down the right-field line with two outs and runners on first and second.
Yoshihisa Naruse (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Lions came within one in the bottom of the seventh, the Marines’ bullpen staved off the rally. Kazuyuki Hoashi (0-2) took the loss.
Hawks 4, Eagles 4 (11)
Fighters at Buffaloes — ppd.