KOBE – For the second time in three days, Matt Dominguez powered Chiba Lotte to a come-from-behind win as the Marines beat the Orix Buffaloes 6-3 on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old, who spent most of his time in the majors with the Houston Astros, tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning with a home run off right-hander Taisuke Yamaoka (2-6) at Hotto Motto Field.
“I was trying to get a good pitch and get a good swing, and I tied the game up,” Dominguez said.
Katsuya Kakunaka broke the tie in the fifth with a two-out, two-run double and Dominguez, playing his first season with Lotte, followed with his fifth home run of the season, making it a 6-2 game.
“Kaku had a great at-bat before me,” Dominguez said. “I had a good approach. I got a good pitch. It barely got out, but I put a good swing on it.”
On Thursday, Dominguez twice kept the Marines in a game against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters that they went on to win in 12 innings. He tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a home run, and doubled in the tying run with two outs in the 11th.
Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (5-1), who spent most of his time in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed three runs, two earned, over six innings. He surrendered five hits, walked two and struck out four. Three relievers held Orix to two hits over three scoreless innings.
Yamaoka lasted five innings and was charged with six runs, five of them earned. He gave up six hits and a walk. He also hit a batter and struck out one.
Hawks 4, Eagles 3
At Yafuoku Dome, Tohoku Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto (4-4) struck out 12 but allowed nine hits, including a tie-breaking, eighth-inning solo home run to Fukuoka SoftBank’s Yuki Yanagita.
Fighters 6, Lions 5 (10)
At MetLife Dome, Hokkaido Nippon Ham broke through to win in the second inning of work from Seibu closer Tatsushi Masuda (0-1). Kenshi Sugiya singled to open the 10th, was sacrificed to second and scored the go-ahead run on Shinya Tsuruoka’s double.
Tigers 5, Giants 4
At Koshien Stadium, Masahiro Nakatani’s two-out, ninth-inning RBI single lifted Hanshin to a sayonara win over Yomiuri. After the Giants tied it on Hisayoshi Chono’s two-run, eighth-inning home run, reliever Hirokazu Sawamura (1-2) worked a scoreless eighth but set the table for the Tigers with a pair of one-out walks.
Dragons 7, Carp 6
At Mazda Stadium, reliever Jay Jackson had a nightmare eighth inning. With Hiroshima trailing 4-3, he issued a leadoff walk, committed an error and gave up two hits. The three-run inning allowed Chunichi to hang on and beat the league-leading Carp.
Swallows 5, BayStars 1
At Jingu Stadium, Tokyo Yakult’s Yoshinori Sato allowed one run in six innings, Yuhei Takai broke a 1-1 seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit RBI single, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi capped the four-run inning with a two-out, three-run triple.
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