OSAKA – Koji Oshiro hit a walk-off RBI single to give the Orix Buffaloes a 3-2 win over the visiting Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday night.
The teams came into the bottom of the ninth at Kyocera Dome tied 2-2 after Japhet Amador leveled the score with an RBI single to right at the top of the inning.
Ryoichi Adachi singled to right off Rakuten closer Frank Hermann before stealing second with Yuma Mune at the plate. Lefty hitter Mune then singled to right to move Adachi into scoring position and set the stage for Oshiro’s heroics.
With a 2-0 count, the righty hit a deep fly to left field to bring home the winning run.
Veteran right-hander Brandon Dixon took the home side into the sixth without giving up a run in an engaging pitching duel with Rakuten youngster Shoma Fujihira, who was pulled after giving up two runs on a Mune double in the seventh.
Orix closer Hirotoshi Masui was credited with the win, while Herrmann took the loss after giving up three hits and a run in one-third of an inning.
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