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Baseball: Tatsumi, Norimoto lift Rakuten Eagles over Seibu Lions

Ryosuke Tatsumi of the Rakuten Eagles hits a home run in the third inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at the MetLife Dome outside Tokyo on April 7, 2021. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ryosuke Tatsumi drove in three runs while Takahiro Norimoto allowed two runs over seven innings as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions 6-3 to relieve them of the Pacific League lead on Wednesday.

    Tatsumi opened the game at the Lions' MetLife Dome outside Tokyo with a walk and scored the game's first run. His third home run of the season made it 2-0 in the third, and he tripled in two seventh-inning insurance runs.

    Norimoto (2-0) allowed seven hits but no walks while striking out four. He allowed the Lions to make it a 3-2 game in the fifth, but struck out 2019 MVP Tomoya Mori to end the inning with two runners on.

    Lions starter Tatsuya Imai (0-1) worked five innings. He allowed three runs on five walks, a hit batsman and five hits.

    At Sapporo Dome, Nobuhiro Matsuda doubled in the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning as the SoftBank Hawks overcame Nippon Ham's first home run of the season in a 6-2 win.

    At Chiba's Zozo Marine Stadium, Hisanori Yasuda, Leonys Martin and Yudai Fujioka each homered in the Lotte Marines' five-run seventh inning in their 9-2 win over the Orix Buffaloes.

    At Koshien Stadium, rookie left-hander Masashi Ito (1-0) earned his first pro win as the Hanshin Tigers bruised the defending Central League champion Yomiuri Giants 7-1.

    At Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, Kotaro Yamasaki singled in the tie-breaking run as the Yakult Swallows beat the Hiroshima Carp 3-2.

    At Nagoya's Vantelin Dome, Chunichi Dragons catcher Takuya Kinoshita singled, doubled and scored twice in a 3-1 win over the DeNA BayStars.

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