• The Associated Press


Hiroyuki Kobayashi tossed a two-hitter over the distance Sunday as the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines downed the Nippon Ham Fighters 5-1 for their fifth straight win.

Kobayashi, who improved to 2-1, struck out eight batters and issued only one walk as Bobby Valentine’s team completed a three-game sweep of the Fighters at Chiba Marine Stadium.

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