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Lee Seung Yeop singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Saturday as the Pacific League frontrunners Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Yokohama BayStars 3-2 on the second day of interleague play.

News photoLuis Lopes of Rakuten Golden Eagles hits a two-run homer off Yomiuri Giants rookie starter Takahiko Nomaguchi in the first inning of Saturday’s interleague game at Fullcast Stadium. The Giants won 12-6.

With one out and runners on first and second, Lee connected off Takeo Kawamura (3-1) for his third hit of the day and broke the deadlock after the team exchanged two runs in the first inning. Matt Franco also went 3-for-4.

The Marines ended their two-game losing skid after having won 12 games in a row, their longest winning streak in 45 years. The BayStars snapped their winning streak at four and fell one game under .500 in the Central League.

Soichi Fujita (1-0) posted hit first win since August last year for getting the inning-ending out in the seventh and Masahide Kobayashi closed out the ninth for his 10th save to reach double-digit saves for the sixth straight season.

Fighters 2, Tigers 1 (12)

At Sapporo Dome, Kuniyuki Kimoto hit a “sayonara” infield single off Kentaro Hashimoto (1-1) with two out in the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting Nippon Ham to a come-from-behind victory over Hanshin.

Michael Nakamura (1-0), who has pitched for the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, got three easy outs in the top of the 12th for his first career win in Japan. The Tigers stranded 10 runners.

Hanshin went ahead in the seventh on a wild pitch by Tomokazu Iba before Atsunori Inaba hit a pinch-hit solo shot in the eighth to send the game into extra innings. The game lasted five hours and 10 minutes.

Lions 3, Carp 0

At Hiroshima Stadium, Alex Cabrera hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off Yasuhiro Oyamada (3-2) in the eighth and Toru Hosokawa hit a solo homer in the ninth as Seibu broke open a pitcher’s duel to shut out the Carp.

Tomoki Hoshino (1-0) worked out of a two-out, two-on jam in the seventh in relief of Junichi Kawahara for his first win this season and Kiyoshi Toyoda picked up his eighth save, helping the Lions win their four straight games for the first time this year.

Giants 12, Eagles 6

At Fullcast Stadium, Hiroki Kokubo ignited a five-run second inning with a leadoff shot and Kazuhiro Kiyohara connected for a CL-high 10th homer in Yomiuri’s triumph over Rakuten.

Takahiko Nomaguchi (2-0) outperformed winless Yasuhiro Ichiba (0-5) in a meeting between rookies to win his second straight start. He gave up four runs and eight hits over eight innings, retiring 10 straight batters at one point after a shaky start to the game.

Ichiba surrendered four homers as the Eagles, who remain last in the PL standings, continue their slump, having lost six of their last seven games.

Buffaloes 6, Dragons 3

At Skymark Stadium, Yoshitomo Tani hit a game-tying two-run homer and Hirotoshi Kitagawa doubled in the go-ahead run in a three-run sixth as Orix came from three runs down to beat Chunichi for the second straight day.

Kevin Beirne (1-4) gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings for his first win in five starts and Daisuke Kato worked three innings of shutout relief for the save. Daisuke Yamai (1-2) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in taking the loss.

CL leader Chunichi lost consecutive games for only the second time this season and the first in a month.

Hawks 4, Swallows 2

At Jingu Stadium, Tatsuya Ide hit a pinch-hit double to deep right off Ryo Kawashima (1-2) to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and Softbank scored the insurance run on a fielder’s choice in a victory over Yakult.

Nagisa Arakaki (3-2) held the Swallows to two runs on five hits through the sixth and three relievers combined on a one-hitter the rest of the way. Koji Mise got the final three outs for his 12th save, helping Softbank win its fourth game in a row.

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