CHIBA — Toshiaki Imae wasted no time settling into his new spot in the batting order, and the Chiba Lotte Marines took an easy first step toward ending 31 years of futility.

Instead of setting the table in the No. 2 spot, Imae was more apt to clear it, going 4-for-4 with a home run and an RBI double in Lotte’s 10-1 fog-shortened win over the Hanshin Tigers in Game 1 of the Japan Series on Saturday at Chiba Marine Stadium.

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