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Tomoya Satozaki broke open a one-run game with a fifth-inning grand slam as the Chiba Lotte Marines routed the Saitama Seibu Lions 11-3 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Satozaki sent a 1-1 pitch from Takayuki Kishi (6-4) into the left-field seats to extend Lotte’s lead to 6-1 at Seibu Dome. Kazuya Fukuura drove in three runs with a pair of singles for Bobby Valentine’s team.

Shunsuke Watanabe (6-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

Craig Brazell hit his Pacific League-leading 19th home run for Seibu, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Alex Cabrera had three hits, including an RBI double, and Chihiro Kaneko pitched seven innings of one-run ball as Orix beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham to end a six-game losing streak.

Cabrera doubled to give the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead in the first and singled to put runners on the corners with none out in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0.

Kaneko (3-6) held the Fighters to four hits while striking out six and walking two. Kazuhito Tadano (3-2) took the loss.

Eagles 4, Hawks 2 (12)


BayStars 3, Dragons 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Toshihisa Nishi and Seiichi Uchikawa hit back-to-back solo homers in the first inning to help make a winner of left-hander Takumi Nasuno in Yokohama’s victory over Chunichi.

The two blasts to left-center off Takashi Ogasawara (7-5) gave the BayStars a 2-0 lead, and Uchikawa added an RBI double in the third. Norihiro Nakamura’s homer accounted for the Dragons’ sole run.

Nasuno (5-8) allowed one run and four hits in five-plus innings, striking out three and walking three. Hayato Terahara worked two innings for his ninth save.

Chunichi saw its winning streak snapped at six games.

Carp 3, Giants 3 (7)

At Hiroshima Stadium, Alex Ochoa had a pair of RBI hits, including a game-tying double in the fifth inning, as Hiroshima and Yomiuri settled for a tie in a game called because of rain.

Michihiro Ogasawara hit a two-run homer to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the top of the third before Hiroshima tied the score in the bottom half on back-to-back RBI singles from Ochoa and Kenta Kurihara.

Takahiro Suzuki had an RBI single for Yomiuri in the fifth, but Hiroshima retied the game on Ochoa’s RBI double.

Tigers 7, Swallows 2


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