Wada, Tanishige provide offensive spark for Dragons


Kazuhiro Wada hit a tying home run leading off the sixth inning and pinch hitter Motonobu Tanishige had a go-ahead RBI single as the Chunichi Dragons edged the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-5 on Thursday night.

Atsushi Fujii broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth, hitting a solo blast for his second homer in as many games, but Yakult scored twice to go up in the bottom half at Jingu Stadium. Wada homered to tie it in the next inning before Tanishige gave his team the lead for good.

Dragons starter Masahiro Yamamoto, who turned 48 on Sunday, became the third 48-year-old in Japanese baseball to make a mound appearance. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The Swallows snapped a seven-game winning streak against Chunichi.

Tigers 3, Carp 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Matt Murton turned from villain to hero overnight when he hit a tiebreaking two-run homer a day after he was ejected from a game in Japan for the first time, Jason Standridge (7-8) threw eight innings of one-run ball, and Hanshin held off Hiroshima.

Murton teed off on Katsuhiro Nagakawa (2-1) with one out in the eighth, for his ninth home run a night after he got the boot for objecting to a called strike. Kosuke Fukudome homered in the fourth for the first time since his return from surgery on his left knee, drilling a two-out solo blast for his first homer since April 28.

BayStars 7, Giants 7 (12)


Hawks 13, Lions 4

At Seibu Dome, Seiichi Uchikawa went 4-for-5 in Fukuoka Softbank’s 18-hit onslaught as the Hawks swept Seibu in three games to leapfrog the Lions into third place.

Akira Nakamura had a three-run double as Softbank banged out eight hits in an eight-run uprising in the sixth. Shintaro Ejiri (1-0) picked up his first win in two years, getting two outs in the fifth. Yosuke Okamoto (3-2) took the loss.

Eagles 3, Marines 1

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Hiroaki Shimauchi had a fifth-inning, two-run single to open the scoring and Andruw Jones went deep with a solo drive in the sixth, helping to make a winner out of rookie Takahiro Norimoto in Tohoku Rakuten’s victory over Chiba Lotte.

Norimoto (11-6) allowed one run on three hits with no walks over seven innings. Jones’s 18th dinger was his first since July 13.

The Marines pulled one back on a Craig Brazell sacrifice fly in the seventh but it was too little, too late.