Shogo Akiyama got the best of one of the best pitchers in Japan.

Akiyama drove in a pair of runs with a tiebreaking double off Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda in the eighth inning, and the Seibu Lions held on for a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Seibu Prince Dome.

"We created a few chances for ourselves, and at the end finally came up with the hit we needed," Lions manager Norio Tanabe said.