The Rakuten Eagles beat the Chiba Lotte Marines tonight, 8-5. They will advance to the Nippon Series and take on the Yomiuri Giants.
Andruw Jones blasted a two-run homer in the 4th to give the Eagles a 5-4 lead. Casey McGehee drilled a solo shot in the 7th that broke a 5-5 tie. Takahiro Norimoto retired the side in order in the 8th and Masahiro Tanaka put runners on first and second before getting Tadahito Iguchi to ground out to third.
Senichi Hoshino was tossed into the air seven times.