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Baseball: Ariyoshi, Marines scrape past red-hot Hawks

Yuki Ariyoshi of the Lotte Marines throws against the SoftBank Hawks at Yafuoku Dome on Aug. 28, 2018. (Kyodo)

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- Yuki Ariyoshi somehow held SoftBank at bay for seven innings, allowing the Lotte Marines to squeak out a 2-1 win Tuesday over the red-hot Hawks, snapping their nine-game win streak.

The Hawks took the lead in the first at Yafuoku Dome, on a Taisei Makihara double, a sacrifice bunt and a Yurisbel Gracial sacrifice fly.

"I was told that the first inning was crucial, but I gave away a run in the first, so that's something I have to reflect on," said Ariyoshi (6-2), who scattered eight hits and three walks, while striking out three.

The visitors tied it in the fourth inning on a one-out double from Katsuya Kakunaka and a long RBI single from Kazuya Fukuura, who moved to within nine hits of 2,000 in his career.

SoftBank starter Nao Higashihama allowed a run on five hits and two walks over 5-1/3 innings. He left the game after Kakunaka singled for the third hit.

The Marines took the lead in the eighth, when Kakunaka led off with a double off reliever Robert Suarez (1-1). After a sacrifice bunt, pinch runner Shohei Kato scored on catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura's double.

"Even though I allowed a runner in every inning, I was able to make big pitches when I had to do. I'm so grateful to my catcher Tamura, not only did he call a good game, but he got the big hit we needed," Ariyoshi said.

The Hawks had a chance to tie it in the eighth, after Akira Nakamura singled and went to second on a sacrifice against reliever Takahiro Matsunaga. Pinch hitter Keizo Kawashima lined a single to center, but a perfect throw home from center fielder Hiromi Oka allowed Tamura to apply a sweet tag on Nakamura to preserve the lead.


Lions 6, Eagles 5

At Maebashi Stadium, Hideto Asamura's three-run, seventh-inning home run overturned a two-run deficit as league-leading Seibu came from behind to beat Rakuten.


Fighters 4, Buffaloes 0

At Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki Stadium, Sho Nakata homered and drove in three runs, while six Nippon Ham pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Orix.


Central League

Swallows 1, Tigers 0

At Koshien Stadium, Yasuhiro Ogawa (6-5) outdueled Yuta Iwasada (5-7) over seven innings. Tetsuto Yamada doubled Tomotaka Sakaguchi with the game's only run in the first inning and Yakult held on to beat Hanshin.


BayStars 5, Dragons 3

At Yokohama Stadium, Neftali Soto hit his 26th and 27th home runs, and DeNA's Hiroki Minei broke a 2-2 tie with his seventh-inning home run in a win over Chunichi.


Carp 10, Giants 5

At Tokyo Dome, Kris Johnson (10-2) allowed a run over seven innings, and the top four batters in Hiroshima's lineup combined to score seven runs and drive in seven in the Carp's 19-hit assault against Yomiuri.

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