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Lions maul Hawks in PL tilt

Kyodo

Hideto Asamura and Ginjiro Sumitani each had two hits and two RBIs as the Seibu Lions padded out their Pacific League lead with a 9-2 win against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Thursday.

A night after staging their first walk-off win of the season, the Lions inflicted more misery to the third-place Hawks by tagging starter Kenji Otonari (12-5) with five runs on eight hits and two walks in 3⅔ innings.

Right-hander Kazuhisa Makita (10-7) put the clamps on Softbank to pick up his 10th victory of the year, allowing one run — none earned — despite issuing five free passes in 6⅔ innings.

Jose Ortiz joined the Lions’ 14-hit parade with two of his own, including a solo shot in the sixth that closed out the scoring.

Seibu is now two games ahead of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and six ahead of the Hawks, who did not help themselves on the night with three errors, two of them committed in the Lions’ three-run fifth that made it 8-1 and all but ended the contest.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 1, Giants 1 (10)

At Nishinomiya’s Koshien Stadium, Hisayoshi Chono made it 1-all in the seventh with an RBI single for CL-leading Yomiuri, which stranded 13 runners and struck out 12 times to settle for a tie with archrival Hanshin.

The fifth-place Tigers had just one hit after the second inning.

Dragons 3, Carp 0

At Nagoya Dome, Kenichi Nakata combined with two relievers to throw a shutout as second-place Chunichi took two of three at home from Hiroshima.

Nakata (6-9) scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings before Shinji Tajima and Daisuke Yamai closed out the victory. Tony Blanco hit a two-run shot off Carp starter Bryan Bullington (6-12) in the first.

Swallows 3, BayStars 1 (7)

At Yokohama Stadium, Wladimir Balentien capped a 4-for-4 night with a go-ahead two-run home run as Tokyo Yakult beat Yokohama in a game called after the seventh due to rain.