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Golden Eagles clinch Japan Series for first time; HR, 3 RBI's Jones
SENDAI (Japan) - Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles advances to the Japan Series for the first time in club-history after winning 8-5 vs. Chiba Lotte Marines on Monday-evening (October 21). With the victory, the Golden Eagles won the Pacific League Climax Series 4-1. As winner of the regular season, the Golden Eagles began the best-of-seven with an one-win advantage.

The Golden Eagles were leading 3-0 when the Marines rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. The Eagles then re-took the lead 5-4 only to see the Marines come alongside in the top of the seventh inning. Again, the home team reacted immediately by scoring a run and this time held onto the lead.

The Golden Eagles opened the score in the first inning. The home team got the bases loaded off of starter Yuki Karakawa, who hit lead-off hitter Takero Okajima, then walked Kazuya Fujita and gave up an infield-hit to Ginji Akaminai. The first run was then scored when Andruw Jones followed with a sacrifice fly, but the team also left two runners.

Two runs were added in the second inning on a grounder by Okajima and single by Akaminai, but then the Marines rallied for four runs in the fourth at bat. A grounder by Toshiaki Imae produced the first run, then a 3-run homerun by G.G. Sato gave the Marines a 4-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles answered with two runs in the home of the fourth. Akaminai walked with two outs, then Andruw Jones followed with a 2-run homerun to make it 5-4.

The Marines then tied the score in the seventh inning. Daichi Suzuki led off with a single, advanced on a sac-bunt by Tomoya Satozaki, then scored when Shunichi Nemoto followed with an RBI-single.

But the Golden Eagles again recovered immediately and broke the 5-5 tie in the home of the seventh inning when Casey McGehee homered with two outs.

The home team then added two insurance runs in the eighth inning on back-to-back RBI-singles by Kazuya Fujita and Ginji Akaminai to lift the lead to 8-5.

(October 21)

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