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Glynn’s seventh straight win fuels Hammies’ sweep

Kyodo

Ryan Glynn won his seventh straight decision and Eiichi Koyano singled in two runs Sunday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters completed a three-game sweep of the Chiba Lotte Marines with a 4-1 victory.

News photoHawks starter Tsuyoshi Wada fires a pitch during the seventh inning of Fukuoka Softbank’s game against Seibu at Goodwill Dome on Sunday. The Hawks won 7-0.
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Glynn (8-3) held Lotte to one run in seven innings, scattering 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts at Sapporo Dome. The sweep lifted the Fighters to a 2 1/2-game lead over the Marines in the Pacific League.

Nippon Ham took a 4-0 lead in the third on RBI singles from Hichori Morimoto, Koyano and Takahito Kudo, all off Naoyuki Shimizu (3-6). Daisuke Hayakawa put Lotte on the board with a fifth-inning RBI single.

Micheal Nakamura closed out the ninth to earn his 18th save.

Hawks 7, Lions 0

At Goodwill Dome, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched seven shutout innings and Nobuhiko Matsunaka went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as Fukuoka Softbank routed Seibu to snap a four-game losing streak.

Wada (7-6) allowed five hits and walked two and Takahiro Mahara picked up his league-leading 23rd save.

Softbank got on the board in the first inning on an RBI single by Matsunaka and put the game out of reach with a six-run ninth that included the cleanup hitter’s two-run single. Kazuyuki Hoashi (1-1) was charged with one run in eight innings.

Buffaloes 9, Eagles 2

At Fullcast Stadium, Keiji Obiki broke a 2-2 tie with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning as Orix scored seven runs in the last two innings.

Orix swept a three-game set at Fullcast Stadium from Rakuten, which fell nine games under .500 for the first time this season.

Masanobu Okubo (1-1) earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Rui Makino (1-3) took the loss.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Swallows 14, Giants 7

At Jingu Stadium, Yasushi Iihara went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs for Tokyo Yakult.

Tigers 6, Dragons 3

At Nagoya Dome, Hanshin catcher Akihiro Yano hit a tiebreaking solo homer and three relievers combined to hold Chunichi scoreless in the final four innings.

BayStars 8, Carp 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, Takuro Ishii scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Kan Otake and Yuki Yoshimura added a three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning as Yokohama.