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Akito Takabe’s RBI single capped a three-run ninth-inning rally that lifted the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 5-4 win over the Seibu Lions on Thursday.

With the top five Pacific League teams packed tightly together, Lotte’s win at Zozo Marine Stadium kept the fourth-place Marines just 2½-games back of the league-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

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