• Kyodo


Kota Futaki threw six solid innings, pitching the Chiba Lotte Marines to an 11-6 win over the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Monday.

The win earned the third-place Marines a split of their four-game series at Yafuoku Dome after they were no-hit in Friday’s series opener. The Hawks’ loss sends them into their series against Seibu starting Tuesday with just a half-game lead over the second-place Lions.

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