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Baseball: Pinch-hitter Nakamura's sac fly lifts Lions over Carp

The Seibu Lions' Takeya Nakamura hits a bases-loaded, pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of an interleague game against the Hiroshima Carp on June 14, 2021 at Mazda Stadium. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Takeya Nakamura's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the sixth inning broke the tie as the Seibu Lions edged the Hiroshima Carp 3-2 for their third straight win during Monday's interleague action.

    Hiroshima reliever Robert Corniel (0-1) filled the bases with one out in the inning before Nakamura flew out to center, enough to plate the decisive run at Mazda Stadium as the home Central League-team lost its fourth straight game and remained without a win in 10.

    Seibu right-hander Kaima Taira extended his record of not allowing a run since the start of the season to 33 games as he earned his seventh save of the season working a scoreless ninth.

    Taira had set a record on Sunday with 32 games, the longest run since the current two-league Nippon Professional Baseball format was introduced in 1950.

    Wu Nien-ting's RBI single in the fourth plated the Lions' first run but Kota Hayashi turned the game around in the home half with a bases-loaded two-run single off Seibu reliever Takeru Sasaki.

    But Seibu catcher Tomoya Mori singled in the tying run in the fifth with two on and two outs immediately after Corniel took over the mound from Hiroshima starter Kazuki Yabuta, who gave up two runs over 4-2/3 innings on three hits and five walks.

    Seibu's second reliever Ryosuke Moriwaki (1-0) picked up the win despite facing just one batter, Seiya Suzuki grounding out with two outs and two on in the fifth.

    Third reliever Yutaro Watanabe threw two perfect innings from the sixth, striking out three.

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