Hiromi Makihara pitched a four-hitter and Tatsunori Hara singled home Dan Gladden for the only run in the first inning Sunday as the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0, tying the best-of-7 Japan Series at one game apiece.
The Central League champion Giants managed only two hits, as both starting pitchers tied or broke series records for strikeouts in the game before more than 46,000 in Tokyo Dome.
The Giants scored Sunday when Gladden reached first on an error, moved to second on a bunt and came home on Hara's single off Kimiyasu Kudoh.
In the second and third innings, Makihara tied a series record, set in 1974, of five consecutive strikeouts. Kudoh set a series record by striking out three consecutive batters _ Makihara, Gladden and Masahiro Kawai _ on three pitches each.
HORSE RACING: Jeff Lukas' return to competitive racing was spoiled by unbeaten Evansville Slew, who recovered from a stumble out of the gate and won the Remington Futurity in Oklahoma City. Lukas sent out Southern Tempo, who finished third. It was the first time Lukas saddled a horse for a race since Dec. 15, when a frightened Tabasco Cat trampled him, fracturing the base of his skull in an accident at Santa Anita that nearly killed the trainer.
GOLF: The Florida State women's team finished 10th in the Paladin Invitational at Greenville, S.C. The Seminoles' three-day total of 308-306-307_921 was 24 strokes back of team champion Wake Forest. FSU's Karen Stupples shot 73-73-75_221, finishing sixth.
VOLLEYBALL: No. 9 Florida (19-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) defeated Arkansas (10-13, 4-5 SEC), 15-13, 15-6, 10-15, 15-5 in Fayetteville, Ark. Florida was led by sophomore Jenny Wood with 24 kills. The United States remained undefeated in the Women's World Volleyball Championships in Rio De Janeiro, beating Japan 15-8, 6-15, 15-7, 15-7. The U.S. men's team beat Japan 16-14, 9-15, 15-8, 15-4 in Tokyo, concluding a three-game series with a 1-2 record.
MARATHON: Graciano Gonzalez, a 34-year-old sergeant in the Mexican army, withstood a steady downpour and pulled away in the final 5 miles to win the 19th annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. He covered the 26-plus miles in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 51 seconds. Susan Molloy, a teacher from Charlottesville, Va., was the top woman, coming in 45th overall in 2:39.34. Celebrity Oprah Winfrey turned in a respectable time of 4:29.20 in her first marathon. Winfrey, who trained for 20 weeks, said finishing was "better than winning an Emmy."
BOWLING: Peter Weber, the PBA career earnings leader, started his first round of qualifying with a 269 and grabbed the early lead in the $100,000 Greater Rochester (N.Y.) Open. Weber averaged 243 for six games in round one and opened a 42-pin advantage over Doug Kent. He had a 1,460 total pinfall.
SOCCER: A fan was in a critical condition after being shot outside the Maracana stadium following a Brazilian championship match, a Rio De Janeiro hospital spokesman said. Witnesses said 22-year-old Wagner Soares da Silva, a fan of the Sao Paulo club Palmeiras, was shot by the occupants of a car outside the famous stadium following Palmeiras' away game with Flamengo Saturday. Witnesses said Palmeiras fans were waiting to return to Sao Paulo in a convoy of buses when the vehicles were stoned by a group of Flamengo supporters.
SAILING: A French sailor has become the first woman to win a leg of the BOC Challenge. Isabelle Autissier captured the Class I (50 to 60 feet) and overall victory for the first leg of the single-handed around-the-world race. Her elapsed time from Charleston, S.C., to Capetown, South Africa, was 35 days, 8 hours, 52 minutes and 18 seconds. "I'm just happy to be the winner, that's enough," she said. "Maybe for other people (the distinction is) important, but not for me."
ROWING: The U.S. national heavyweights, fresh from winning last month's world championships, won the men's eight-oared title at the 30th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass.
COLLEGE TENNIS: Third-seeded Kelly Pace won her first ITA Collegiate Gland Slam singles title, defeating No. 5 Keri Phebus 6-2, 6-1 in the finals of the Riviera Women's All-American Championships. South Florida's Cesar Reano and Jeff Loehr won matches at the Seminole Fall Classic in Tallahassee to go 3-0 in the weekend tournament. Eric Hartman also won for USF. Jason Appel and Jon Glover won singles matches for Florida in the event.
_ Compiled from Times wires