FUKUOKA – Brain Wolfe threw one-run ball over eight innings and Lee Dae-ho hit his first home run of the season against his former team as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Orix Buffaloes 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Hawks overtook Orix for first place in the Pacific League standings.
Wolfe (1-0) won in his third start, scattering four hits with three walks and three strikeouts at Yafuoku Dome. Dennis Sarfate had a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Yuki Yanagita opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second and Lee took Brandon Dickson (2-1) deep over the wall in left-center for a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Seiichi Uchikawa, who leads the PL with a .426 batting average, had a sacrifice fly and was 1-for-3. The Buffaloes, who scraped out just four hits, lost two straight for the first time this season and slipped into second.
Eagles 3, Marines 0
At Chiab’s QVC Marine Field, Wataru Karashima (2-0) limited his opponent to four hits and struck out five in eight sharp innings, Andruw Jones belted a solo drive and Tohoku Rakuten took the rubber match of the three-game set against Chiba Lotte.
Marines rookie No. 1 draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa (1-1) allowed three runs over seven innings.
Fighters 4, Lions 3
At Sapporo Dome, Haruki Nishikawa decided the game with a two-out single in the ninth to lift Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a sayonara win over Seibu.
Kenji Sato and Yang Dai-kang both hit solo shots in the rally as the Fighters tied it at 3-3 in the seventh.
Tigers 2, Giants 1 (10)
At Koshien Stadium, pinch hitter Kentaro Sekimoto delivered a game-winning bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning as Hanshin completed a three-game sweep of rival Yomiuri.
The Tigers, who won their fifth straight, leapfrogged the Giants into second. Hanshin starter Daiki Enokida allowed one run in 7-1/3 innings.
Swallows 4, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, single-season home run record-holder Wladimir Balentien homered in his fourth straight game, a solo drive off Guillermo Moscoso (0-2) for his sixth blast as Tokyo Yakult downed Yokohama.
Tsuyoshi Ueda and Tetsuto Yamada also homered for the Swallows.
Dragons at Carp — ppd.