The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks tied up their first round playoff series in the Pacific League with an 8-3 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines in Chiba.
The Hawks got 3 RBI apiece from Nobuhiko Matsunaka (who also had a homer) and Naoyuki Omura as well as a solo homer from Brian Buchanan.
Game 3 will be Wednesday in Fukuoka. Yoshihisa Naruse will pitch for Chiba and Jason Standridge will pitch for the Hawks. The 3-game series is tied 1-1. The winner plays the first place Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the second round starting Saturday in Sapporo. That will be a best of five series.