Baseball: Marines tighten PL race with win over leading Hawks
Baseball: Marines tighten PL race with win over leading Hawks

Shuhei Fukuda broke up a 1-1 tie in the second inning with a two-run single to help the Lotte Marines beat his old team, the SoftBank Hawks, 7-4 on Friday.The win at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium lifted the second-place Marines to within one game of the Pacific League leaders.Right-hander Kota Futaki (5-2) held the Hawks to a run through the first six innings, while the Marines hammered Matt Moore (3-2) for five runs in the second.The combination of some mistake pitches and a dropped ground ball by Hawks second baseman Ukyo Shuto opened the door for the Marines’ big inning.Back-to-back singles p…

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