Tony Batista and Julio Zuleta both hit solo homers Thursday as the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 7-1.

Katsuhiro Miyaji gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead in the second inning at Chiba Marine Stadium with a two-run homer off Lotte starter Naoyuki Shimizu.

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