Baseball: Dragons slay Giants, sweep series

Takaya Ishikawa's sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie as the Chunichi Dragons came from behind to beat the Yomiuri Giants 2-1 Sunday in the Central League and complete a three-game sweep.

Right-hander Hiroto Takahashi allowed a run over seven innings at Vantelin Dome Nagoya, and catcher Takuya Kinoshita's RBI double tied it in the seventh before Chunichi grabbed the lead against the Giants bullpen in the eighth.

Moments after Giants catcher Takumi Oshiro homered off his Japan WBC teammate Takahashi in the top of the seventh, Ishikawa led off the bottom of the inning with his second single and scored the tying run on Kinoshita's two-out double off the wall.

Three walks in the Dragons' eighth loaded the bases with one out for Ishikawa, and the 21-year-old, the Dragons' top draft pick in the 2019 draft, plated the go-ahead run.

A day after recording his 100th career save in Japan, Dragons closer Raidel Martinez retired the heart of the Giants order 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 10th save of the season.

On a rainy day across Japan that washed out three games, the only other action came in the Pacific League, where the Seibu Lions held on to beat the league-leading Orix Buffaloes 5-4, and the Nippon Ham Fighters came from behind to defeat the Rakuten Eagles 2-1.

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