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Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012

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Eye on the action: Hiroshima Carp players watch their team's 2-1 home loss Tuesday to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium. KYODO

Fujita delivers five-hits performance as Eagles defeat Marines


SENDAI — Kazuya Fujita went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and Luis Garcia hit a two-run blast as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles rallied past the Chiba Lotte Marines, winning 11-6 on Tuesday to return to fourth place in the Pacific League standings.

Yoshinao Kamata (7-2) yielded four runs and eight hits in six innings. Tomohisa Otani (4-6) was chased in 3 2/3 innings after surrendering six runs for Lotte, which fell into fifth place.

Hawks 5, Lions 1

At Fukuoka's Yahoo Dome, reliever Sho Iwasaki pitched three scoreless innings, Fukuoka Softbank took advantage of shaky lefty starter Yusei Kikuchi, and Wily Mo Pena drove in two runs in a win over Seibu.

Iwasaki (5-10) got the job done after rookie Akira Niho got the hook in his first pro start after three innings of one-run ball. Kikuchi (3-2) walked four batters in the second inning, including issuing a bases-loaded free pass to Kenta Imamiya and a sacrifice fly to Toru Hosokawa.

Pena went 2-for-4 with a two-run single to extend the lead in the seventh.

The second-place Lions, who saw the third-place Hawks move within one game of them, stranded 13 runners and lost their fourth in a row.

Fighters 6, Buffaloes 2

At Sapporo Dome, left-hander Masaru Takeda pitched his four complete game of the season and got homers by Yoshio Itoi and Micah Hoffpauir as first-place Hokkaido Nippon Ham won its second straight and extended its lead to 2 1/2 games over second-place Seibu.

Takeda (11-7) struck out nine and walked none in a 102-pitch outing. Satoshi Komatsu (3-5) was roughed up for five runs in 4-1/3 innings for cellar-dweller Orix, which lost its seventh in a row.


Giants 9, Dragons 5

At Nagoya Dome, Hayato Sakamoto hit a game-tying gram slam in the third inning, and Yoshiyuki Kamei keyed a four-run seventh innings with a two-run single as Yomiuri pulled past Chunichi and lowered its magic number to clinch the CL title to three.

Satoshi Fukuda (7-1) got the win in relief and Kentaro Nishimura got one out for his 28th save. Reliever Jorge Sosa (5-1) was tagged with the loss for the Dragons, who saw their winning streak end at three games.

Swallows 2, Carp 1

At Hiroshima's Mazda Stadium, Shohei Tateyama used an effective forkball to throw hitters off balance in a 13-strikeout effort over the distance, leading Tokyo Yakult past Hiroshima to win five straight and move a game over .500 for the first time since July 17.

The Carp got on the scoreboard first on Tateyama's wild pitch in the second inning, but Wladimir Balentien hit a two-run drive for his Japanese-baseball leading 29th homer in the fifth. Keisuke Imai (2-8) took the loss for the Carp, who lost their fourth straight and seventh in eight games.

BayStars at Tigers — ppd.

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