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Jose Fernandez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer Monday as the Seibu Lions snapped their five-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who fell 10 games below .500 in the Pacific League.

News photoTohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles outfielder Koichi Isobe smacks a solo homer in the fifth inning against the Lions on Monday at Invoice Seibu Dome. The Lions won 5-3.

Fernandez drove a high-and-inside slider from rookie Yasuhiro Ichiba into the left-field stands after Takumi Kuriyama and Shogo Akada hit back-to-back singles with the game tied 1-all in the third inning at Invoice Seibu Dome.

Kazuyuki Hoashi (2-0) limited Rakuten to two runs, one earned, and four hits while walking none over eight strong innings before turning the game over to Kiyoshi Toyoda, who got his fourth save.

After the Eagles scored a run on a throwing error by first baseman Alex Cabrera with two outs in the ninth, Toyoda struck out Yosuke Hiraishi for the game-ending out.

Ichiba (0-2) took his second loss in as many starts after the right-hander gave up five runs and seven hits.

The Eagles lost their fourth straight and eighth in nine games.

Hawks 2, Buffaloes 0

At Yahoo Dome, Julio Zuleta homered to put Softbank on the board in the seventh inning and Tony Batista added a solo shot in the eighth, the 40,000th homer in PL history, as the Hawks blanked Orix to take a one-game lead in the league standings.

Toshiya Sugiuchi (3-0) struck out nine over 7 2/3 shutout innings in a duel with Kevin Beirne (0-2) to win his third straight decision. Koji Mise got the final three outs on six pitches for his ninth save.

Orix had its winning streak snapped at three games.

Fighters 10, Marines 4

At Sapporo Dome, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a three-run homer and Erick Almonte drew a bases-loaded walk in an eight-run sixth inning as Nippon Ham dropped Lotte from the top of the league standings with its sixth straight victory.

Shintaro Ejiri (2-0), who pitched in just nine games last year, got his second win after allowing three runs — all in the seventh — in seven innings of work.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi (2-2) was charged with five runs in 5 1/3 shaky innings.

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