Wada earns 100th win as Softbank edges Orix


Nobuhiro Matsuda made an encore performance with a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, Tsuyoshi Wada got his 100th career win and the first-place Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 4-3 on Wednesday.

Matsuda tied the game in a three-run fourth with his first run-scoring double of the night and gave the Hawks the lead for good when he doubled down the left-field line in the sixth at Kyocera Dome.

Wada (9-3) fell into a 3-0 hole in the first but rebounded. He allowed three runs — one unearned — on seven hits in seven innings of work.

Orix starter Kazuki Kondo (1-4) was tagged for four runs in six innings.

Marines 5, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Jose Castillo delivered a go-ahead RBI single, followed later by Toshiaki Imae’s two-run hit to key a four-run seventh inning as Chiba Lotte sent Hokkaido Nippon Ham to its fifth loss in a row.

Tadahito Iguchi had a game-tying bases-loaded single in the seventh and Castillo’s infield hit gave Lotte a 3-2 lead against Brian Wolfe (9-4).

Tomohisa Otani (2-5) gave up two runs in six-plus innings for the Marines, who won consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break.

Wolfe allowed five runs on 10 hits in 6⅔ innings on the mound.

Bobby Scales and Shota Ono drove in the Fighters’ only two runs.

Lions 3, Eagles 2

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Kazuyuki Hoashi went 6⅓ scoreless frames, lifting last-place Seibu over Tohoku Rakuten.

Hoashi (6-5) scattered seven hits and struck out three. Reliever Kazuhisa Makita earned his eighth save. Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3) took the loss.


Carp 7, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Kenta Kurihara homered twice and drove in five runs against cellar-dweller Yokohama, powering Hiroshima to its fourth straight win.

The Hiroshima slugger had a run-scoring single in the first, launched a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth, both off Tomokazu Ohka (0-4), and added another two-run blast in the eighth.

Soichiro Amaya padded the lead with a two-run single in the final inning.

Bryan Bullington (10-5) yielded two runs over six innings. Yokohama stranded 11 runners and lost its third in a row.

Giants 3, Tigers 2

Dragons 1, Swallows 1 (10)