Baseball: Mannami, Kamikawabata punch Fighters past Marines
Chusei Mannami and Daigo Kamikawabata each drove in two runs as the Nippon Ham Fighters came from behind Tuesday to earn a 6-5 Pacific League victory over the Lotte Marines.
Trailing by a run in the fifth inning at Nippon Ham’s Es Con Field Hokkaido, Mannami’s second hit of the game off Yuji Nishino (8-3) tied the game 3-3.
“It was kind of a lucky hit off the end of the bat, but whatever works if it gets us a run,” Mannami said.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Kamikawabata singled in two to break the tie.
Mannami, whose first two singles came on poorly struck balls, ripped a seventh-inning...