SAPPORO – Kensuke Tanaka hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 5-3 win over the Yokohama BayStars in interleague play on Wednesday at Maruyama Stadium.
Tanaka’s triple off Les Walrond (3-5) put the Fighters ahead 4-2 and Hichori Morimoto followed with an RBI single to cap the three-run seventh inning.
Naoki Miyanishi (3-0) won in relief. Shuichi Murata hit a two-run homer for the BayStars in the sixth.
Giants 5, Buffaloes 1
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Seth Greisinger pitched eight solid innings and battery-mate Kazunari Tsuruoka went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as Yomiuri beat Orix for its fifth straight victory.
Greisinger (6-4) held the Buffaloes to one run on five hits in interleague play en route to his first win since May 14. Orix has lost seven in a row and 10 of its last 12 games.
The Giants built a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Michihiro Ogasawara in the first inning and Tsuruoka’s two-run double in the second.
Tetsuya Matsumoto also had three hits, including an RBI single in a two-run sixth.
Kazuya Motoyanagi (0-2) gave up three runs in two innings in his first start in three seasons.
Lions 4, Tigers 3
At Seibu Dome, pinch-hitter Yutaro Osaki drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Lions a walk-off victory over Hanshin.
Jeff Williams walked Osaki, the first batter he faced, on four straight balls after Seibu loaded the bases against Scott Atchison (3-2) with a single and two walks.
Dragons 15, Eagles 1
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Tony Blanco homered twice and finished with three hits and four RBIs as Chunichi handed Tohoku Rakuten its sixth consecutive defeat.
Blanco hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Darrell Rasner (3-4) and added a solo drive in the seventh in the Dragons’ 19-hit attack. Takashi Ogasawara (1-1) threw eight innings of one-run ball.
Hawks 4, Swallows 2
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Yuichi Honda delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning off Yoshinori Sato (2-4), leading Softbank past Yakult.
Carp 2, Marines 0
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Go Kida singled in two runs in the first inning and Colby Lewis (4-2) struck out 10 in six shutout innings, leading Hiroshima over Lotte for its third win in a row.
Shunsuke Watanabe (1-5) allowed two runs in seven innings for Lotte, which had eight hits but stranded 11 runners at Chiba Marine Stadium.
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