Swallows send BayStars to ninth straight loss


The Yokohama BayStars had enough fight to force extra innings on Saturday, but could not halt their losing streak as Atori Ota (1-3) issued four 11th-inning walks, sealing a 3-2 walk-off defeat to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

The BayStars, who tied the game in the ninth inning on Tony Blanco’s 32nd home run, a two-out, two-run shot off Swallows rookie Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa, lost their ninth straight game. Ogawa, who had won seven straight starts, did not figure in the decision. He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out eight.

BayStars closer Jorge Sosa kept the Swallows under wraps in the ninth and 10th innings, but Ota issued four bases on balls to give the game away, with Tetsuto Yamada drawing the game-winner on six pitches.

Swallows closer Tony Barnette worked a scoreless 10th, and All-Star rookie Taichi Ishiyama (3-1) stranded three BayStars runners in the 11th to pick up the win.

BayStars starter Tim Corcoran issued seven walks but did not allow a hit until two were out in the sixth, when Kazuhiro Hatakeyama singled in the game’s first run. Corcoran surrendered a solo homer to Tsuyoshi Ueda in the seventh.

Tigers 6, Dragons 5 (12)

At Nagoya Dome, Tigers captain Takashi Toritani broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning and Katsuhiko Saka gave his team much-needed insurance with a two-run double as Hanshin held off Chunichi.

Chunichi scored twice in the bottom of the 12th before pinch hitter Motonobu Tanishige lined out to shortstop to end it. Tigers closer Shinobu Fukuhara allowed three hits and a walk but held on for his sixth save.

Carp 5, Giants 5


Buffaloes 8, Lions 3

At Kyocera Dome, Shunta Goto went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, featuring a tiebreaking RBI double in the fourth inning, as Orix routed Seibu.

Motoki Higa (3-2) pitched two perfect frames after Orix starter Yuji Maeda gave up two runs in four innings. Ryoichi Adachi hit a three-run homer to key a five-run eighth at Kyocera Dome. Tatsuya Sato had two spotless innings to register his Japan-best 28th hold.

Fighters 3, Marines 2

At Sapporo Dome, Shinya Tsuruoka singled home the winning run off Takahiro Fujioka (5-8) for a walk-off victory in the 10th inning as PL cellar dweller Hokkaido Nippon Ham edged Chiba Lotte.

Yang Dai-kang drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth that tied the game at 2-all, forcing an extra frame. Lefty Yuya Ishii (4-4) won in relief. Lotte saw its winning streak snapped at three.

Hawks 8, Eagles 3

At Kleenex Stadium, Fukuoka Softbank snapped a three-game losing streak, blasting league-leading Tohoku Rakuten with a five-home run attack. Seiichi Uchikawa’s two-run, first-inning homer gave the visitors the lead for good.

Leading by a run in the fourth, the Hawks put the game away with a four-run inning. Nobuhiro Matsuda led off the first of his two homers of the night and Toru Hosokawa capped it with a three-run shot.