Marines cruise past Hawks to snap skid


Kim Tae Kyun and Saburo Omura drove in two runs apiece as the Chiba Lotte Marines snapped their four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and moved into second place in the Pacific Standings on Wednesday.

Kim hit a two-run double to put Lotte ahead 4-3 with two outs in a fifth inning that also featured Omura’s two-run triple and Naotaka Takehara’s RBI double, all off Shinsuke Ogura (3-5), at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Buffaloes 3, Eagles 2

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Takeshi Hidaka hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the ninth inning as Orix rallied past Tohoku Rakuten.

Down 2-1, Aarom Baldiris led off the ninth with a single before Hidaka followed with a drive to right off Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (2-3). Mamoru Kishida (5-4) allowed a run in the ninth.

Fighters at Lions — late


Dragons 2, Tigers 1

At Nishinomiya’s Koshien Stadium, Kazuhiro Wada had a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Chen Wei Yin threw one-run ball over 7 2/3 innings and Chunichi edged Hanshin. Chen (5-7) scattered seven hits, all singles, struck out three and walked none. Hitoki Iwase got the final two outs for his 22nd save.

Giants 5, Carp 4

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Yomiuri shortstop Hayato Sakamoto had a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the go-ahead run scored when second baseman Akihiro Higashide committed an error on Yoshinobu Takahashi’s base hit in the next at-bat.

Kiyoshi Toyoda (1-1) got the win in relief and Marc Kroon worked the ninth for his 14th save. John Bale (0-2) was charged with the loss.

Swallows 3, BayStars 2