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Ayumu Ishikawa tossed six shutout innings as the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines claimed a 1-0 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday, moving 3½ games clear of the Orix Buffaloes.

Ishikawa (3-2), who returned this month after having surgery on his right elbow in June, struck out three without issuing a walk in a 92-pitch effort at Sapporo Dome.

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