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After winning their first game in franchise history, the Rakuten Golden Eagles were brought back down to earth Sunday by a 26-0 thrashing at the hands of the Chiba Lotte Marines.

News photoAlex Cabrera of the Seibu Lions cracks a two-run single in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Invoice Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture. The Lions won 11-7.

Backed by the solid pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma, the Eagles defeated the Marines 3-1 on Saturday at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Bobby Valentine’s Marines made sure the euphoria of Saturday’s historic win was short-lived. The 26 runs scored by the Marines are a franchise record for the most runs scored in one game.

Former Montreal Expos player Val Pascucci hit a grand slam, Tsuyoshi Nishioka added a three-run blast and former New York Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani contributed a solo homer as the Marines built up a 14-0 lead by the third inning.

Lotte starter Shunsuke Watanabe, meanwhile, held the Eagles to just one hit over the distance to pick up the win. Rakuten’s only hit of the game came in the sixth inning when catcher Kenji Nagasaka singled to center.

Pascucci added a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth off Rakuten pitcher Aaron Myette as the Marines scored seven more runs to complete the rout.

The Eagles are Japan’s first expansion team in 50 years.

Rakuten starter Hironori Fujisaki, who took the loss, was rocked for four runs over 1 2/3 innings. Left-hander Kanehisa Arime came in and promptly gave up five runs.

Lotte scored 11 runs in the bottom of the second alone.

Lions 11, Buffaloes 7

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Shogo Akada drove in three runs to lead defending Japan Series champion Seibu to a win over Orix.

Seibu starter Fumiya Nishiguchi picked up the win after holding the Buffaloes to three runs on four hits over six innings.

Hawks 6, Fighters 5 (11)

At Yahoo Dome, Jolbert Cabrera hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning as Softbank edged Nippon Ham to notch its second straight victory.

Softbank tied the game at 5-5 in the ninth on Nobuhiko Matsunaka’s two-run double and a wild pitch by Nippon Ham closer Yukiya Yokoyama. In the 11th, Tony Batista singled and Matsunaka and Julio Zuleta drew walks to set up Cabrera’s game-ending hit.

Giants to ship pitcher

Yomiuri Giants right-hander Junichi Kawahara will be dealt to the Seibu Lions for Lions pitcher Mitsutaka Goto, officials of the two clubs said Sunday.

Both Kawahara and Goto, also a right-hander, are expected to join the starting rotations with their respective new clubs.

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