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Lions beat Swallows 6-5 in 10 innings

October 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.

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