• Kyodo


With their big guns struggling, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters got big games from the backups on Monday, snapping a six-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

Before 35,961 at Kyocera Dome, Journeyman right-hander Toru Murata pitched out of a couple of tight spots to hold the Hawks to a run before he was forced out of the game early. After allowing a run on three hits and two walks over four innings, the right-hander’s right calf cramped up during his fifth-inning warm-up throws.

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