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Lions hurler Ken Togame dominates in victory over Fighters

Kyodo

Right-hander Ken Togame pitched 7-2/3 strong innings and Takeya Nakamura went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Seibu Lions’ 5-2 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday.

In front of a crowd of 27,749 at Sapporo Dome, Togame (5-6) struck out 10 hitters while allowing seven hits and two walks.

The Fighters started the day just one game behind the Pacific League-leading Lions. But Nippon Ham starter Naoyuki Uwasawa (7-3) struggled with his command, yielding five runs on 11 hits and a walk over six innings.

Nakamura put Seibu on the board in the second inning, hitting a two-run home run off righty Uwasawa. Sosuke Genda singled, stole second and scored on Hotaka Yamakawa’s RBI single in the next inning.

Seibu bagged two more runs with two outs in the fourth. Nakamura doubled and came home on a Shogo Akiyama single and Genda drove in another run. Uwasawa faced eight batters and needed 33 pitches to close the inning.

The Fighters rallied late and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

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