Baseball: Futaki pitches Marines past Hawks as Lotte closes on 1st place

Kota Futaki allowed a run over seven innings as the Lotte Marines moved within a hair of the Pacific League lead on Friday with a 3-1 win over the SoftBank Hawks.The win at PayPay Dome improved the Marines’ record against the Hawks to 11-4 with one tie. The three-time defending Japan Series champs now lead the second-place Marines by winning-percentage points, .571 to .570.Futaki (6-2) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out nine, three coming against superstar Yuki Yanagita. Akira Nakamura’s first-inning home run accounted for SoftBank’s only run off him.”I just focused on executing …

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