NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a two-run game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Hanshin Tigers over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4-3 for their fourth win a row in interleague action on Sunday.
Hanshin took a 2-0 lead in the first but a tying two-run homer by Hidenori Tanoue in the second and Hiroki Kokubo’s leadoff shot in the sixth put Softbank ahead before Kanemoto’s heroics with one out and the bases loaded against Takahiro Mahara (1-1) in the ninth.
Jeff Williams (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Marines 9, BayStars 7
At Yokohama Stadium, Chase Lambin hit a grand slam to key a six-run opening frame and Shoitsu Omatsu homered twice to help Chiba Lotte condemn a stubborn Yokohama to its seventh loss in a row.
Tomoya Satozaki and Benny Agbayani drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks before Lambin jumped on a full-count fastball by Ryan Glynn (2-7) for a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Yoshihisa Naruse (4-2) yielded four runs in five innings.
Tatsuhiko Kinjo, Seiichi Uchikawa, Takahiro Saeki and Shuichi Murata each homered for Yokohama, which cut the deficit to 7-5 through the sixth. Omatsu made the difference with a two-run homer with two outs in ninth after his leadoff shot in the fifth.
Dragons 4, Lions 2
At Nagoya Dome, left-hander Yudai Kawai threw two-run ball over six innings and got early run support with a three-run first as Chunichi extended its unbeaten streak to five games, including a tie.
Kawai (4-0) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two. Hitoki Iwase picked up his 14th save.
Carp 6, Buffaloes 1
At Mazda Stadium, Masato Akamatsu hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Scott McClain went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as Hiroshima sent Orix to its fifth loss in a row.
Akamatsu’s double put Hiroshima ahead 3-1 in a five-run fifth inning, capped by a two-run double from McClain.
Fighters 3, Swallows 0
At Jingu Stadium, Masaru Takeda pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings and Shinji Takahashi drove in two runs, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a win over Tokyo Yakult.
Takeda (3-3) allowed only two runners, both on singles in the fifth inning, and combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout at Jingu Stadium. Hisashi Takeda picked up his Pacific League-leading 11th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Giants 3, Eagles 2