Buffaloes pound Saito


Mitsutaka Goto’s one-out single lifted Orix to a 7-6 sayonara victory over Hokkaido Nippon Ham on Sunday in a game that saw the Buffaloes light up Fighters icon Yuki Saito for six runs in three-plus innings.

With the game tied 6-6, Fighters closer Hisashi Takeda (3-3) issued a leadoff walk to rookie Takayoshi Kawabata. After a sacrifice and a one-out walk to Keiji Obiki, Goto singled to lift the Buffaloes to victory at Kyocera Dome.

“This is a result of their (the pitchers’) gutting it out until the end,” said Orix manager Akinobu Okada

Lee Dae Ho got the party started with an RBI double in the first, and the South Korean slugger tied it in the third with his 16th home run, a two-run shot that plated Obiki and made it 3-3. Obiki went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

The Buffaloes seized control with three runs in the fourth, when they had four straight hits to open the inning and drive Saito from the mound. Micah Hoffapauir, however, tied it in the sixth with a three-run shot off southpaw Shinya Nakayama.

Hawks 4, Marines 2

At QVC Marine Field, Fukuoka Softbank southpaw Kenji Otonari (8-4) scattered eight hits and two walks over the distance to post complete-game victories over Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte in consecutive starts.

Nobuhiro Matsuda homered in the first off Yuji Yoshimi (1-2). With two outs in the second, Yuya Hasegawa scored on a double steal to make it 3-1 Softbank, and Matsuda doubled in an insurance run in the fifth.

Lions 13, Eagles 4

At Kleenex Stadium, Seibu smacked around Masahiro Tanaka (6-3), scoring five times off the Tohoku Rakuten ace in two innings as the Lions reached a season-high in runs scored.

The Lions put the game away with a six-run eighth, when they sent 11 men to the plate. Esteban German and Shogo Akiyama led the visitors with three RBIs apiece.

Dragons 1, Swallows 0

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi’s Masahiko Morino hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, while Soma Yamauchi (8-4) and two relievers got the better of Shohei Tateyama (6-6) to hand Tokyo Yakult its first loss at Nagoya Dome since April 6.

The Swallows had four leadoff batters reach in Yamauchi’s seven innings but twice shot themselves in the foot with unsuccessful sacrifice attempts.

Giants 1, Carp 1 (10)

At Mazda Stadium, Hisayoshi Chono’s seventh-inning single, the last of Yomiuri’s four hits, plated Shuichi Murata with the tying run as the Giants scraped out a tie against Hiroshima, which moved back into third place in the Central League.

Carp right-hander Yuya Fukui struck out 10 and held the league leaders to two hits through six innings before surrendering a leadoff double to Murata in the seventh.

Tigers 9, BayStars 2

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin launched four home runs in a come-from-behind victory over Yokohama that snapped an eight-game winless streak.

Takashi Toritani put the Tigers in front with a two-run homer in the fourth, and Ryota Arai added a three-run shot in the five-run inning. Matt Murton hit a solo shot in the sixth and Arai’s older brother, Takahiro, hit a two-run homer in the seventh.