The Lions moved back into first by .001 as they beat Rakuten 5-4. Nippon Ham fell out first when the Fighters lost to Lotte 5-4. Softbank's chances of finishing first are almost done after they lost to Orix by, you guessed it, 5-4. The Hawks will need to win their last four games and hope that the Lions drop 2 of 3.
Fighters: at Lotte (62-69-1) on 9/24, vs. Hawks on 9/26-27
Lions: at Rakuten (44-83-4) on 9/24, vs. Lotte on 9/26-27
Hawks: at Orix (50-80-3) on 9/24, at Fighters on 9/26-27, plus one game at Rakuten that hasn't been rescheduled yet.