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Marines’ bats come alive to sink Hawks

Kyodo

Shunichi Nemoto homered and drove in four runs and Daichi Suzuki went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Chiba Lotte Marines walloped the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 11-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The Pacific League-leading Marines matched a season high with 17 hits and improved to 40-28 with one tie on the season.

Yuta Omine (4-1) limited the damage to three runs, despite allowing nine hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four and walked one batter.

It was lights out when Lotte erupted for seven runs against Softbank lefty Kazuyuki Hoashi (5-3), who was chased in one-plus inning. Lotte catcher Naoya Emura and Nemoto each had a two-run single in the inning, while Suzuki had a pair of RBI singles before the Hawks managed to record the third out. The Marines sent 14 men to the plate and had nine hits in the inning to seize a 7-1 lead.

Lions 8, Fighters 4

At Sapporo Dome, Seibu capitalized on Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s defensive lapses in the eighth inning, Masato Kumashiro hitting a tiebreaking RBI single before two runs scored on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error before Esteban German capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Rookie reliever Tatsushi Masuda (1-1) retired the only batter he faced to earn his first career win. Naoki Miyanishi (1-1) took the loss for Nippon Ham, which saw its winning streak snapped at five games.

Eagles 2, Buffaloes 1 (10)

At Kyocera Dome, Kazuo Matsui’s second-inning sacrifice fly tied the game and Casey McGehee delivered a tiebreaking RBI double off Yoshihisa Hirano (1-3) with one out in the 10th, lifting Tohoku Rakuten past Orix, whose sole hit was Shunta Goto’s first-inning homer, the first of his career.

Rakuten went eight games above .500 for the first time in four seasons. Brandon Duckworth combined with three relievers on the one-hitter. Koji Aoyama (1-3) worked a scoreless ninth for the win and Darrell Rasner picked up his ninth save with a perfect 10th.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 2, Swallows 0

At Kusanagi Stadium, Toshiya Sugiuchi threw 5⅔ innings of four-hit ball, Takayuki Terauchi and Yoshitomo Tani had RBI singles in the fifth and CL leader Yomiuri won a close game against Tokyo Yakult.

Sugiuchi (6-4) struck out six and walked none before handing the baton to Scott Mathieson. Kentaro Nishimura closed for his 18th save. Masanori Ishikawa (2-6) yielded two runs in six innings to take the loss. Tani’s RBI was his first of the season.

BayStars 3, Dragons 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Norihiro Nakamura hit a solo blast in the second inning for his 10th homer of the season and decided the game with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth in Yokohama’s win over Chunichi.

After Nakamura’s drive, his 400th career homer, Chunichi rallied to go ahead 2-1 before Hitoshi Tamura’s homer tied it leading off the home half of the eighth. Daisuke Miura (6-5) went the distance. Chunichi catcher Motonobu Tanishige appeared in his 2,832nd game, surpassing Sadaharu Oh for second most in Japanese baseball.

Carp 2, Tigers 0

At Koshien Stadium, Hiroshima starter Kenta Maeda scattered nine hits en route to beat Hanshin in his first shutout of the season and his first win since May 26.

Maeda (6-4) fanned nine and issued no walks. Yoshihiro Maru had a sacrifice fly in the first, and Maeda helped his own cause with an RBI single in the second. Takumi Akiyama (0-1) took the loss. Takashi Toritani appeared in his 1,246th consecutive game to match Tokuji Iida on the all-time list for fourth.