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Lions beat Monkeys after holding off a ninth-inning rally

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Chen Yong-chi’s tiebreaking double with the bases loaded sparked what ended up being a six-run seventh and the Uni-President Lions held off a ninth-inning rally by the Lamigo Monkeys to escape with a 10-8 victory at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night.

Trailing by two heading into the top of the sixth, the Lions forced a tie with Liu Fu-hao’s two-run blast to tie the game at four-all.

That was the turning point of the game for the Lions as they rolled off six straight to take a seemingly safe 10-4 lead before surviving a pair of homers in a four-run rally by the Monkeys in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Fu Yu-kang was credited with his fourth win of the year for his 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while the loss went to Lamigo Monkeys starter Wang Fong-hsin, who allowed five runs on 10 hits in 6-1/3 innings of play to drop to a 3-2 mark for the year.

Bulls 6, Elephants 6

The Sinon Bulls played the Brother Elephants to a six-all draw after 12 long innings at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City last night as both sides settled for a rare 1-1-1 weekend record.

In a game that the Bulls led by as many as three runs through the top of the sixth, the diehard Elephants simply refused to go away as they chipped away at the deficit with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and, most critically, the tying run in the bottom of the ninth when Kuo Jien-yu’s pinch-hit single drove home the runner from second.

Both teams had several chances to win the game in the extra innings as they placed at least a runner on in each of the three extra innings, but failed to come up with the big hit necessary to garner the win, as the 4 hour, 50 minute marathon ended in a stalemate.

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