Tony Blanco homered twice to drive in five runs, powering the Yokohama BayStars to a 6-3 win over the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Monday night.
Yakult’s Wladimir Balentien extended his Japanese single-season record to 59 homers with a two-out solo blast that gave Yakult a 3-0 lead in the third off Tim Corcoran.
But Yokohama rallied for a run on an error in the fourth, and Blanco hit a three-run drive in the fifth before capping a stellar night with a two-run shot to reach a career-high 40 home runs with a league-high 134 RBIs.
Marines 1, Fighters 0 (10)
Buffaloes 0, Eagles 0 (12)
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5