Lions beat Swallows 6-5 in 10 innings
Oct. 19, 1997
TOKYO (AP) _ Norio Tanabe's RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Seibu Lions a 6-5 victory over the Yakult Swallows Sunday, tying the Japan Series 1-1.
The Swallows won 1-0 Saturday in the opener of the best-of-7 series.
The third game will be played Tuesday at the Swallows' home field, Jingu Stadium.
Tanabe's game-winning hit came after Makoto Sasaki singled, was sacrificed to second and Tsutomu Itoh walked.
At 4 hours, 45 minutes, the game was the second-longest ever in the Japan Series. The longest, 4:49, occurred in the fourth game of the 1975 series.
The Lions went ahead 5-0 in the first inning on five hits, including an RBI single by Domingo Martinez and a two-run homer by Yusuke Kawada.
But the Swallows scored two runs in the second, one each in the third and fourth, and tied it 5-5 in the sixth on Dwayne Hosey's RBI grounder with the bases loaded.