• Kyodo


Ernesto Mejia belted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs as the Seibu Lions beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 8-6 on Saturday afternoon for their second straight win since the restart of league play.

Before a crowd of 31,447 at Seibu Dome in Saitama Prefecture, the Lions came to bat in the first inning and already trailing by three runs. Shogo Akiyama, as he would all afternoon, sparked Seibu’s attack by reaching on an infield single. With two outs, Mejia hit his seventh homer since joining the Lions this summer from the Atlanta Braves organization to trim the Hawks’ lead to a run.

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