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Lee Seung Yeop went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead a 15-hit attack as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 15-4 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep at Sapporo Dome.

News photoChunichi Dragons baserunner Tyrone Woods slides home safely on a sacrifice fly by Kazuki Inoue in the fifth inning against the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday at Nagoya Dome. The Dragons won 4-0.

Makoto Kosaka executed a squeeze bunt and Koichi Hori hit a two-run double as Lotte took a 3-0 lead in the third inning and made it 6-0 in the sixth on RBI hits by Saburo Omura, Lee and Toshiaki Imae.

Kuniyuki Kimoto hit a grand slam to pull the Fighters within 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth but the Marines replied with a four-run seventh on a Matt Franco run-scoring single and Lee’s three-run homer.

Lee added an RBI double in a four-run ninth.

Rookie right-hander Yasutomo Kubo (8-1) won his fifth straight decision and first since June 26 after giving up four runs in seven innings. Satoru Kanemura (8-7) was charged with six runs in six innings for the loss.

Second-place Lotte, a surprise package in the first half of the PL pennant race, is 4.5 games behind the Softbank Hawks going into the All-Star break. The Hawks were idle on Wednesday.

Buffaloes 3, Lions 0

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Jeremy Powell threw seven-plus scoreless innings in his second straight strong start and the Orix bullpen held on to shut out Seibu for its sixth victory in seven games.

Makoto Shiozaki singled home the opening run and Yoshitomo Tani added a two-run single off Koji Mitsui (0-1) to cap a three-run third inning.


BayStars 1, Tigers 0 (11)

At Koshien Stadium, Takahiro Saeki singled home the go-ahead run to break a scoreless tie in the top of the 11th inning as Yokohama edged front-running Hanshin.

Marc Kroon got his 16th save a day after clocking 161 kph for the fastest pitch ever recorded in Japanese baseball.

Dragons 4, Carp 0

At Nagoya Dome, Motonobu Tanishige hit a sacrifice fly to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and Chunichi pulled away with a three-run fifth to beat Hiroshima.

Giants 12, Swallows 8

At Jingu Stadium, Tuffy Rhodes hit a tiebreaking two-run shot, his second homer of the night, to highlight a four-run ninth inning as Yomiuri outslugged Yakult.

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