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The Yomiuri Giants lost a two-run lead on Toshiya Sugiuchi’s watch. So it was only natural that the left-hander be the one to put the Kyojin back on top.

Sugiuchi singled in the tiebreaking run in the fourth, and he and three relief pitchers made a slim advantage hold up the rest of the way as the Giants edged the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3-2 in front of a crowd of 44,691 on Saturday night at Tokyo Dome.

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