The Yomiuri Giants rallied for a dramatic 3-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp at Tokyo Dome on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Giants took two out of three games in the weekend series and improved to 14-6-1 overall against the Carp this season.
Hiroshima leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning against Yomiuri starter Shun Tohno on an RBI double by first baseman Kenta Kurihara and a sacrifice fly to left by pinch hitter Shigenobu Shima. Carp starting pitcher Bryan Bullington allowed just four hits over the first six innings, but the Giants broke through in the seventh with a two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Saburo Ohmura. First baseman Yoshiyuki Kamei made it 2-2 in the eighth on another two-out hit, setting the stage for Yoshinobu Takahashi’s sayonara single to center that drove in second baseman Daisuke Fujimura — also with two outs.
Giants closer Yuya Kubo (4-1) was credited with the victory after facing just two batters in the ninth, and Carp reliever Dennis Safarte (1-2) suffered his first loss since July 12.
Elsewhere in the Central League, Yakult completed a weekend sweep against Hanshin with a 4-2 victory, and Chunichi edged Yokohama 1-0 for its own series sweep. In the Pacific League, Chiba Lotte shut out Softbank 1-0, Seibu beat Orix 10-5, Rakuten nipped Nippon Ham 2-1.