• Kyodo


Julio Zuleta hit a grand slam in the sixth inning Tuesday as the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-3 for their first victory in three games.

Tony Batista hit a two-out double and Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Kenji Jojima drew back-to-back walks to set up the heroics by Zuleta, who drove a 2-2 forkball from Yukiya Yokoyama (1-4) into the left-field stands of Yahoo Dome.

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