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South Korean slugger Lee Seung Yeop connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday as the Chiba Lotte Marines rallied to defeat the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks 9-5.

Softbank catcher Kenji Jojima hit a solo homer in the second inning and added a three-run blast in the third as the Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead at Chiba Marine Stadium.

But the Marines rallied with four runs in the fourth, including Lee’s 29th homer of the season. Bobby Valentine’s team tied the game in the fifth and then took an 8-5 lead in the sixth inning with Kazuya Fukuura providing the key hit on a single to right that scored two runs.

Lions 3, Fighters 0

At Sapporo Dome, ace Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out 10 and gave up three hits over the distance for a complete-game shutout as Seibu blanked Nippon Ham.

Buffaloes 5, Eagles 4

At Skymark Stadium, Arihito Muramatsu drove in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning with a bases-loaded double to lift Orix to a walkoff victory.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Dragons 12, Tigers 2

At Koshien Stadium, Kosuke Fukudome had a pair of RBI singles and Tyrone Woods capped a six-run second inning with a two-run double as Chunichi downed Hanshin. The Tigers’ magic number to clinch the league title remained at eight.

BayStars 15, Carp 9

At Yokohama Stadium, the BayStars took advantage of a shaky start by Hiroshima right-hander Kan Otake to take a commanding lead early on and held on to win its sixth straight game, its longest winning streak in four years.

Takashi Saito (2-4) won for the first time since Aug. 19, despite allowing seven runs in seven innings.

Giants 4, Swallows 3

At Tokyo Dome, Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as Yomiuri came from behind to down Yakult.

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