Seventh-inning rally carries Dragons past Giants


Kazuhiro Wada hit a tiebreaking solo homer in a five-run seventh inning, leading the Chunichi Dragons to a 6-3 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Friday.

Wada gave Chunichi the lead for good at 2-1 with a shot over the left-field wall off Dicky Gonzalez (3-8) at Nagoya Dome.

The Dragons added three consecutive two-out RBI singles from Takehiro Donoue, Masahiro Araki and Yohei Oshima. Wada then drove in another run in the inning with a bases-loaded infield single.

Kazuki Yoshimi (8-4) held Yomiuri to one run on four hits in seven innings. Hitoki Iwase picked up his Japanese baseball-leading 25th save.

Michihiro Ogasawara hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Tigers 6, BayStars 5

At Koshien Stadium, Hiroki Uemoto scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a throwing error by catcher Tasuku Hashimoto as Hanshin edged Yokohama.

Hashimoto’s throw hit Uemoto, who was trying to steal second, and rolled into the outfield, allowing the pinch runner to score.

The Tigers drew within 1 1/2 games of Central League leader Yomiuri.

Ken Nishimura (6-1) won in relief. Kyuji Fujikawa earned his 16th save. Hiroki Sanada (2-5) took the loss.

Carp at Swallows — ppd.


Fighters 4, Buffaloes 2

At Sapporo Dome, Eiichi Koyano hit a two-run homer and Masao Kida threw five solid innings as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Orix for its third straight win.

The Fighters took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on Koyano’s homer and RBI singles by Yang Dai-kang and Shota Ono, off Shogo Yamamoto (7-5). Kensuke Tanaka had three hits for the Fighters.

Kida (3-0) allowed one run and three hits. Hisashi Takeda pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Takahiro Okada drove in two runs for Orix with a homer and a sacrifice fly.

Buffs make move

OSAKA (Kyodo) The Orix Buffaloes said Friday they have acquired outfielder Francisco Caraballo from the Gunma Diamond Pegasus of the Japanese independent Baseball Challenge League.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan became the first player to join the top tier of Japanese baseball during the season from an independent league club. His contract is worth ¥5 million and will run through the end of this season.

Caraballo played for minor league affiliates of the Houston Astros in 2003-07.

He hit .364 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 37 games for Gunma in his second independent league season in Japan.