• Kyodo


Toshiaki Imae hit a two-run homer to open the scoring, and Shunsuke Watanabe came within two outs of pitching his seventh complete game this season as the Chiba Lotte Marines edged the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-3 Monday night.

Imae delivered a blast to left-center off Cory Lee (1-2) in the second inning at Chiba Marine Stadium, extending his hitting streak to 15 games since July 17.

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