• Kyodo


Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched eight-plus strong innings and Toshiaki Imae drove in three runs as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Seibu Lions 9-1 for their fifth straight victory Wednesday.

Lotte broke a scoreless tie when Imae blooped an RBI single to right in the fourth inning and made it 3-0 in the fifth on a run-scoring triple by Tsuyoshi Nishioka and an RBI grounder from Kazuya Fukuura at Invoice Seibu Dome.

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