TOKYO (Kyodo) — Kazuma Okamoto hit a homer for the second straight season and drove in five carries as the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants held out in Wednesday’s interleague game in a 5-3 win over defending Pacific League champions Orix Buffaloes, improved to 2-0.
The Giants’ cleanup hitter Okamoto reversed a double first-inning deficit at the Tokyo Dome with his 14th home run against new Buffaloes import Jacob Waguespack.
“I was down the count and I wanted to be up front and it worked because I made a home run out of it,” Okamoto said.
After the game was tied 3-3 in game eight, Yoshihiro Maru and Adam Walker, who scored and scored in the first single, made it to the table again in eighth off-setup man Jesse Biddle (3-3) for Okamoto’s single with two runs .
“I was lucky to have runners on base when I got on the plate,” said Okamoto, who hammered a fat throw to left center from Biddle. “These guys kept setting the table for me, and I wanted to keep up my ending.”
Giants rookie Taisei Ota posted a scoreless ninth place to make his 18th save.
The Giants joined the CL’s other two top-three teams in the winning column. League-leading Yakult Swallows defeated Nippon Ham Fighters 7-6 to win for the second straight Sayonara home run, while third-placed Hiroshima Carp defeated Lotte Marines 5-2 on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, the top three teams in the PL were also winners, with the league-leading Rakuten Eagles defeating the Hanshin Tigers 6-1, the second-place SoftBank Hawks defeating the DeNA BayStars 8-2, and the Seibu Lions defeating the Chunichi Dragons with 2:1 .do) —