• The Associated Press


Catcher Tomoya Satozaki hit a pair of homers and rookie Yasutomo Kubo went the distance Sunday as the Chiba Lotte Marines downed the Orix Buffaloes 5-0 to snap a three-game losing streak.

News photoNorichika Aoki of the Swallows scores past BayStars catcher Ryoji Aikawa on a single by
Akinori Iwamura in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game at Akita Prefectural Stadium. Yakult
beat Yokohama 3-1 in the Central League matchup.

Satozaki gave the Marines a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning at Kobe’s Skymark Stadium with a two-run homer off Orix starter Jeremy Powell.

Benny Agbayani doubled the lead in the eighth inning with a two-run homer and Satozaki made it 5-0 in the top of the ninth with a solo shot.

“In the fourth, I just got a good pitch to hit,” said Satozaki. “We’ve been struggling a bit lately so it was nice to get some runs on the board.”

Kubo scattered eight hits while striking out two Orix batters for his second complete-game shutout of the season.

“We didn’t have a big lead early so that made it easier to stay focused,” said Kubo, who improved to 7-1. “It was hot out there today but all I was thinking about was snapping our losing streak.”

Powell took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits over eight innings.

Hawks 5, Fighters 1

At Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenji Jojima and Julio Zuleta all connected for solo homers to lead Softbank to a win over Nippon Ham.

Softbank starter Keizaburo Tanoue held the Fighters to one run on four hits over seven innings for the win, the Hawks’ fifth straight.

Eagles 16, Lions 9 (10)

Yasuo Nagaike cracked a two-run homer to highlight Rakuten’s go-ahead seven-run 10th-inning burst as the Eagles beat Seibu at Nagano Olympic Stadium.

The game, which saw both teams combine for 33 hits, lasted for 5 hours, 29 minutes — the second-longest game in Pacific League history.


Tigers 8, Giants 2

At Koshien Stadium, Makoto Imaoka hit a solo homer as Central League-leading Hanshin scored five runs in the in the bottom of the fourth on its way to a win over Yomiuri.

Naohisa Sugiyama gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings for the win as Hanshin took two out of three from the Giants.

Swallows 3, BayStars 1

In Akita, Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to lead Yakult to a win over Yokohama.

Masanori Ishikawa picked up the win after holding the BayStars to one run on seven hits over seven innings.

Carp 8, Dragons 5

Takahiro Arai nailed a solo homer in Hiroshima’s five-run fourth as the Carp downed Chunichi at Hiroshima Stadium.

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