Leslie Anderson homered, Miles Mikolas got his 11th win and also drove in two runs and the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Central League-leading Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-3 on Friday in the series opener.
With one out in the top of the second inning, Anderson opened the scoring with a solo shot off Yasuhiro Ogawa (10-8), but Yuhei Takai tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, singling up the middle to drive in Kazuhiro Hatakeyama.
Soichiro Tateoka swung the game back in Yomiuri’s favor with a two-run single in the fifth that made it 3-1, then Mikolas drove in two more runs in the sixth.
Wladimir Balentien’s two-run homer off Mikolas in the bottom half of the sixth cut the lead to 6-3, then three Giants relievers combined to keep the Swallows hitless the rest of the way.
Mikolas (11-3) allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings, walking one and striking out one. Hirokazu Sawamura picked up his 32nd save.
Yomiuri moved within a game of the Swallows.
BayStars 3, Tigers 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Takayuki Kajitani scored the winning run on wild pitch from Hanshin’s Shinobu Fukuhara in the eighth inning as Yokohama came from behind to snap its five-game losing skid.
Yokohama starter Tomoya Mikami (1-0) earned his first win of the season.
Dragons 3, Carp 1
At Nagoya Dome, Atsushi Fujii tied the game for Chunichi in the fourth inning with an RBI double and Anderson Hernandez and Fujii added two more runs in the sixth against Hiroshima.
Raul Valdes (4-8) tossed seven innings of one-run ball for his fourth win.
The Carp’s winning streak ended at five games.
Marines 4, Hawks 3
At Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome, Chiba Lotte poured cold water on Fukuoka Softbank’s title celebrations, Tatsuhiro Tamura’s squeeze tying the game, before Takashi Ogino’s bunt drove in the winning run in the sixth inning.
Buffaloes 7, Eagles 5 (10)
At Sendai’s Kobo Stadium, Orix rallied to tie the game in the eighth on Eiichi Koyano’s solo homer, and Shunta Goto and Takuya Shimada both drove in a run in the 10th as the Buffaloes outlasted Tohoku Rakuten.
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