The Chunichi Dragons moved on to second stage of the Central League playoffs to face the Yomiuri Giants after defeating the Hanshin Tigers 5-1 at the Nagoya Dome. The second stage of the playoffs for the Central League will start Thursday at the Tokyo Dome.
In the Pacific League, the Chiba Lotte Marines tied up its second stage series one game apiece with an 8-1 win at the Sapporo Dome. Game 3 will be at the Sapporo Dome Monday. Games 4 and 5 (if necessary) will be played at Chiba on Tuesday and Thursday.