Baseball: Mune, Tongu lead Buffaloes to 2-1 Japan Series lead

Nishinomiya, Oct 31 (Kyodo) - Yuma Mune doubled in two runs and Yuma Tongu hit a solo home run as the Orix Buffaloes edged the Hanshin Tigers 5-4 in Tuesday's Game 3 to lead the best-of-seven Japan Series two games to one.

An inning after Tongu, the 2023 Pacific League batting champion with a .307 average, homered to tie the game at 1-1, Mune capped a three-run fifth inning with a two-run double to right-center at Koshien Stadium.

In the first Japan Series between teams from the western Kansai region since 1964, the Tigers took the opener 8-0 and the Buffaloes won Game 2 by the same score. ...continue reading