TOKYO (AP) Kawasaki Frontale kept its J-league title hopes alive with a 3-0 win at Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday.
Shogo Taniguchi, Koji Miyoshi and Yu Kobayashi scored to put Kawasaki within two points of leader Kashima Antlers, which lost 3-2 to Yokohama F Marinos.
With three rounds remaining, Kashima has 64 points and Kawasaki 62.
Yokohama took advantage of a late own-goal by Kashima defender Gen Shoji to move into third place on 55 points.
Also, Kenyu Sugimoto scored both goals as fourth-place Cerezo Osaka beat Ventforet Kofu 2-0.
Omiya Ardija and Kashiwa Reysol finished 1-1 draw, and Albirex Niigata drew 2-2 with Jubilo Iwata.
Sagan Tosu beat Vissel Kobe 2-1, and Vegalta Sendai and Shimizu S-Pulse ended 0-0.