• Kyodo


Pinch hitter Keisuke Mizuta hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to force extra innings, but Shinji Mori gave up two runs, including the game winner, as the Seibu Lions fell 3-2 to the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes in the Pacific League on Saturday.

The Lions, who were three games behind the front-running Fukuoka Daiei Hawks as of Friday, reduced the Hawks’ magic number to clinch the PL pennant to seven with nine games remaining in the season.

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