Garrett Jones scored two runs and had two RBIs on Saturday as the Yomiuri Giants came from a run down to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-1 in the Central League.
Trailing by a run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome, Jones got the Giants started with a leadoff double off submarine right-hander Hirofumi Yamanaka (2-2). He scored the tying run on Hisayoshi Chono’s first RBI double, and Yoshiyuki Kamei capped the rally with a two-run home run.
Jones entered the game with just seven hits in May, but recorded his first three-hit game in Japan, finishing 3-for-4.
“It feels good to do it at home after struggling a little bit. It feels good just to contribute,” Jones said. “The fans have been great. Their support has been phenomenal on the field, off the field. Everybody’s giving me great encouragement. It keeps me positive.”
Jones provided some breathing room in the sixth with a two-out, two-run shot off Yamanaka. The Giants added another run in the seventh, when Luis Cruz came off the bench to plate Kamei with a sacrifice fly, and eighth, when Jones singled and pinch runner Takahiro Suzuki scored on Chono’s second double.
Giants starter Nobutaka Imamura (2-1) surrendered a run in the first, when Tetsuto Yamada singled, stole second and scored on a Wladimir Balentien double. The left-hander was rarely threatened after that in his seven-inning stint. He allowed five hits while walking three and striking out two.
Yamanaka allowed five runs on six hits in six innings. He didn’t walk a batter, while striking out one.
BayStars 3, Tigers 1
At Yokohama Stadium, rookie Shota Imanaga (2-4) allowed a run in six innings to win his second straight start, and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a three-run homer in the second off much-improved Hanshin lefty Yuta Iwasada (3-2), whose first non-quality start of the season saw him surrender three runs in four innings.
Dragons 6, Carp 5
At Nagoya Dome, Shohei Oshima drove in three runs and Dayan Viciedo’s league-leading 13th home run broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning after Chunichi tied it in a three-run seventh in a win over Hiroshima.
Fighters 7, Lions 3
At Sapporo Dome, Seibu’s top draft pick last year, Shinsaburo Tawata (0-1) issued three-straight, no-out bases-loaded walks in the second inning in his pro debut as Hokkaido Nippon Ham overcame three solo homers, including Ernesto Mejia’s league-leading 15th.
Middle reliever Naoki Miyanishi worked a scoreless seventh for the Fighters to become the second pitcher with 200 holds after Giants lefty Tetsuya Yamaguchi.
Marines 13, Eagles 12 (10)
At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Lotte captain Daichi Suzuki drove in five runs, including three on a game-tying, sixth-inning double, while Tadahito Iguchi singled in the winning run in the 10th in a wild victory over Tohoku Rakuten.
Buffaloes 4, Hawks 3 (10)
At Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field, doubles by Yoshio Itoi and Issei Nakamura in the 10th inning allowed Orix to snap a four-game losing streak.