Giants come from behind, even Japan Series 2-2

 
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TOKYO, Oct. 30 (22:57) Kyodo

 
The Yomiuri Giants overcame a three-run deficit to even the 2013
Japan Series with a 6-5 win over the Pacific League champion Rakuten
Eagles in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Hisayoshi Chono went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs as the
Giants offense finally got started before a crowd of 44,968 at their
Tokyo Dome home. The Giants took the lead for good in the bottom of
the seventh on a Takayuki Terauchi single off Kohei Hasebe, who took
the loss.

The lefty had pitched a scoreless sixth, but a leadoff single, a
bunt and an intentional walk to Chono, brought Terauchi to the plate.
His perfectly located flare found the seam between first base and
right field and landed barely fair, allowing the go-ahead run to
score.

Scott Mathieson held Rakuten scoreless in the seventh and eighth
to earn the win. He allowed a walk but struck out three. Lefty
Tetsuya Yamaguchi pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

The Giants entered the game batting .138 in three games, but a
night after the Eagles offense got rolling, the Giants finally
sputtered into motion.

The Eagles got off to a fast start as Andruw Jones blasted a
three-run homer in the first inning off D.J. Houlton, who walked the
first batter he faced and hit the next.

Houlton threw two high fastballs to Jones, who hit 434 major
league home runs before joining Rakuten this season, and didn't get
the second one back. It was the first home run for the Eagles in the
Series.

The Giants scored a run in the bottom of the inning on Shuichi
Murata's two-out single off Jim Heuser. The lefty walked the leadoff
hitter and with two outs issued Giants captain Shinnosuke Abe's
fourth walk of the Series.

The visitors, however, restored their three-run lead on Kazuya
Fujita's two-out RBI single in the second. It was the fourth RBI of
the Series for Fujita, who found the gap, allowing Heuser to score
from second.

Houlton, who went 9-4 during the regular season, lasted three
innings, allowing four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batsman.

Heuser gave up three hits, while walking four and hitting a
batter, but dodged nearly every bullet the Giants aimed at him over
three innings.

After the Eagles got the leadoff man on in the top of the
fourth, Rakuten tried to save a pinch-hitter by asking Heuser to
bunt, but for the second time, he bunted into a 5-6 force at second
and the visitors failed to score against lefty Nobutaka Imamura.

While Heuser had been able to get the biggest outs, rookie Sho
Miyagawa couldn't get any. He was ejected for hitting a batter on the
helmet, and charged with two runs in the fourth, one coming on
Hisayoshi Chono's RBI single, and the other on Abe's sacrifice fly
off veteran right-hander Shinichiro Koyama.

The Giants started the rally with a pinch-hit walk by Tetsuya
Matsumoto, who sparked three run-scoring innings to spearhead the
comeback. Matsumoto singled, walked twice and scored three runs.

Chono doubled in two runs off Koyama in the bottom of the fifth
to give Yomiuri its first lead since Game 1. Koyama issued a one-out
walk, the seventh of the game by the Eagles, and a throwing error put
two on with one out. Chono then hammered a high 1-1 slider to center
to make it 5-4.

Eagles captain Kazuo Matsui, who got his team out of the fifth
with a super play at shortstop, singled to open the top of the sixth
against Hirokazu Sawamura, and scored on Ryo Hijirisawa's one-out
double to tie it 5-all.
 


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