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Yuki Karakawa worked seven innings and two relievers completed a seven-hit shutout as the Chiba Lotte Marines knocked off the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1-0 on Sunday.

Before 37,890 at Yafuoku Dome, Karakawa (3-9) gave up four hits and a walk, while hitting a batter and striking out three. He went to the mound in the first inning with a one-run lead thanks to Alfredo Despaigne’s RBI double in the top of the inning. Despaigne’s three doubles represented half of the Marines’ hit total.

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