• Kyodo


Tony Batista went 4-for-5 with a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning Tuesday as the Softbank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 6-2 for their ninth straight win and reclaimed first place in the Pacific League.

After Lotte retied the game at 2-2 on a Koichi Hori sacrifice fly in the fourth, Munenori Kawasaki and Batista hit back-to-back doubles off Naoyuki Shimizu (7-5) with none out in the sixth before RBI hits from Julio Zuleta and Jolbert Cabrera made it 5-2 two outs later.

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