Baseball: Swallows, Buffaloes clinch Japan Series berths

Kyodok -- Nov 13
The Pacific League champion Orix Buffaloes and Central League champion Yakult Swallows both came from behind to book their Japan Series berths on Friday.

Both teams entered Friday's Game 3 of their leagues' Climax Series final stage needing only a tie to advance.

The Swallows held on to a 2-2 tie against the Yomiuri Giants, while the Buffaloes ended their series with the Lotte Marines in dramatic and unusual fashion when Yuya Oda's ninth-inning single ended the game in a 3-3 "sayonara" walk-off tie.

The Marines, who finished second in the regular season, took a 1-0 third-inning lead at Kyocera Dome Osaka after being shut out in the first two games.

Needing a win to stay alive in the best-of-seven series in which the league champ begins with one win and advances if the series ends in a tie, the Marines took an early lead in the seesaw game.