The Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Orix Buffaloes tonight to leapfrog over the Nippon Ham Fighters and take third place in the Pacific League. The Marines will now face the Seibu Lions in the First Stage of the Climax Series that begins on 10/9.
The Hanshin Tigers dropped their second straight game and fell into third place in the Central League. More importantly, the Tigers loss means the Chunichi Dragons clinch first in the CL. It also means the Swallows are still alive, but by only half a game.