NAGOYA – Yudai Ono went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits without a walk, as the Chunichi Dragons came from behind to down the Yomiuri Giants 3-2 on Friday to extend their winning streak to four games.
Ono (2-1) drove in Chunichi’s first run in the second inning before going onto strike out seven, while Atsushi Fujii helped the left-hander earn the win by scoring the first run and then the fourth-inning winning run.
“It’s the first time in a while that I got a win against the Giants, but am glad as the fans here are happy when we beat them,” Ono said. “I knew I was up against those at the top of the batting order (in the ninth) but I was determined to finish it off.”
Taishi Ota handed Central League rival Yomiuri the lead in the top of the second. Luis Cruz doubled with one out before Ota went deep off Ono’s first pitch.
The 28-year-old Ono trimmed the deficit in half with his own bat in the bottom of the inning off Yomiuri’s Hayato Takagi (1-1). Fujii hit a one-out double off the right-hander and Naomichi Donoue singled, before the Dragons’ starter hit into left field with two outs for the first run.
Yohei Oshima followed with another single, driving in Donoue on second to tie the game, and another double from Fujii in the fourth led to the Dragons’ decisive run.
Donoue sent Fujii to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Iori Katsura’s groundout to third was enough for Fujii to score the team’s third.
“I allowed Ota the two-run homer but my breaking pitches began to go low and nice after that. I allowed runs after giving walks in previous games so I was aiming not to do that,” Ono said.
Takagi allowed three runs on 10 hits and a walk over 6-2/3 innings as the Giants were overtaken at the top of the CL by Hanshin Tigers after their first consecutive losses of the season.
Tigers 3, Carp 2
At Koshien Stadium, Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a walk-off single off Hiroshima’s Shota Nakazaki (0-1) in the ninth after a fielding mistake from Takahiro Arai handed Hanshin the tying run earlier in the inning.
Swallows 3, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Tokyo Yakult’s Yuhei Takai turned the game around with a one-out, three-run homer in the fourth off Yokohama’s Shoichi Ino (1-1). Yasuhiro Ogawa (2-1) allowed two runs over seven innings.
Eagles 5, Fighters 3
At Senida’s Kobo Stadium, Zelous Wheeler broke a 2-2 tie with a lead-off solo homer in the sixth off Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s Luis Mendoza (0-2) before Tohoku Rakuten added two more runs in the inning.
Eagles hurler Takahiro Norimoto (3-0) has struck out double digits in all three games, 11 on the day.
Lions 5, Marines 3
At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Chiba Lotte’s Takuya Furuya (0-1) issued a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly in the third as Seibu turned the game around to take the lead for good.
Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) got his first win, allowing two runs in six innings.
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