• Kyodo


Masahiro Tanaka tossed three-run ball over seven innings en route to winning his fifth straight start Wednesday as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7-3.

Tanaka (5-0) scattered eight hits, struck out one and walked two. With the win, Rakuten regained a share of first place with Nippon Ham in the Pacific League and improved to 1-1 in the three-game set at Kleenex Stadium.

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