Rakuten Eagles starter Wataru Karashima delivers a pitch against the Yomiuri Giants in the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's Japan Series at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)The Associated Press
Rakuten Eagles' Andruw Jones hits a three-run home run off Yomiuri Giants starter D.J. Houlton in front of catcher Shinnosuke Abe in the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's Japan Series at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYThe Associated Press
Rakuten Eagles catcher Motohiro Shima, center, celebrates with teammates, Casey McGehee (3), Toshihito Abe (9), Takahiro Norimoto and Ginji Akaminai (33) after beating Yomiuri Giants 4-2 in Game 5 of baseball's Japan Series at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Rakuten won 4-2. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)The Associated Press
TOKYO – Andruw Jones and Ginji Akaminai had run-scoring singles in the 10th inning Thursday, leading the Rakuten Eagles past the Yomiuri Giants 4-2 for a 3-2 lead in the Japan Series.
The Pacific League champion Eagles can wrap up the title Saturday at home when they are likely to start ace Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka went 24-0 this season and has four complete-game wins in four career postseason starts.
The Giants are Japan's oldest and most successful franchise. The Eagles are the youngest team and became the first expansion team in Japanese baseball in 50 years in 2005.
The Eagles are the only professional team in the Tohoku region that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises.