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Hawks edge Lions

Kyodo

Kenta Imamiya’s bases-loaded sac fly capped a three-run eighth inning as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came back to win 6-5 against the Seibu Lions on Monday.

With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, Yuya Hasegawa tied the game at five with a two-run double off Seibu starter Kazuhisa Makita (5-8).

The first-place Hawks proceeded to load the bases before Imamiya brought home Hasegawa for the go-ahead run with a fly ball to center as Softbank won its second straight.

Makita allowed all six runs on nine hits and two walks, throwing 128 pitches. Softbank’s Yuito Mori improved to 4-1 by pitching a scoreless eighth, and Dennis Sarfate struck out the side to earn his 32nd save.