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Akira Otsuka and Tasuku Hashimoto drove in six runs between them, and Shunsuke Watanabe threw his sixth complete game of the season as the Chiba Lotte Marines routed the Pacific-League leading Softbank Hawks 12-2 on Sunday.

News photoHiroshima Carp second baseman Greg LaRocca reaches out for a ball hit by Yokohama’s Takahiro
Saeki during the fourth inning of Sunday’s game at Hiroshima Stadium. The Carp beat the
BayStars 6-3.

Hashimoto and Lee Seung Yeop had back-to-back RBI hits with two outs in the first inning and Otsuka followed with a three-run homer to the stands in left field to cap a six-run frame at Yahoo Dome.

The Chiba Lotte bats went to work to extend the lead 11-0 in a five-run third, featuring a two-run single by Toshiaki Imae and Makoto Kosaka’s run-scoring triple to right.

Watanabe (11-3) scattered nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks to earn the win. Nagisa Arakai (4-4) got chased after he allowed 11 runs on 10 hits and four walks in four wild innings.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit his league-leading 35th homer of the season — a solo shot in the fourth — for Softbank.

Buffaloes 8, Fighters 7

In Obihiro, Hokkaido, Karim Garcia homered and drove in three runs as Orix rallied and staved off a late charge to beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham to win its third straight game in a 27-hit slugfest.

Eagles 4, Lions 0

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Kanehisa Arime won his first pro decision in a five-hit shutout as Tohoku Rakuten blanked the Lions, sending Seibu to its second straight loss.


Swallows 2, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Adam Riggs hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the ninth inning and Hirotoshi Ishii closed out the bottom half to give lead Yakult past Hanshin.

Riggs connected off reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (4-1), carrying a ball into the seats in left as the Swallows won their third in four games and second straight for the first time in nearly a month.

The front-running Tigers, who are 3.0 games ahead of the second-place Chunichi Dragons in the CL standings, lost their second straight game for the first time in two months.

Dragons 4, Giants 1

Shigeki Noguchi allowed two hits in eight innings and Hirokazu Ibata keyed a three-run fifth inning with a two-run triple as Chunichi beat Yomiuri.

Carp 6, BayStars 3

At Hiroshima Stadium, Greg LaRocca hit a two-run homer in the third inning as Hiroshima beat Yokohama.

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