• Kyodo


Tsuyoshi Wada threw his first shutout since his return from the major leagues as the defending Pacific League champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to eight.

Former Chicago Cubs southpaw Wada (2-1), who returned to his old club ahead of this season, allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five in a 114-pitch outing and outdueled his counterpart Kota Futaki (1-2), who had five perfect innings before giving up three runs in the sixth.

“I could only pitch until the sixth inning last time out so I’m happy I could hurl through the end,” Wada said. “(Catcher Ayatsugu Yamashita) called good pitches, I didn’t shake my head a lot and I’m grateful to him.”

The only scare for Wada came in the third inning, when the 35-year-old eased to two outs before giving up singles to Yoshifumi Okada and Ikuhiro Kiyota and walked Alfredo Despaigne to load the bases. But he struck out Katsuya Kakunaka to keep the game scoreless.

Lotte’s Futaki, who had just one strikeout among the first 15 outs he recorded, surrendered a leadoff single to Yuya Hasegawa in the sixth. Following a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Shuhei Fukuda tripled into right field for two runs. Kenta Imamiya’s sacrifice fly to left plated Fukuda for SoftBank’s third.

Futaki allowed three hits but no runs in the seventh and came off the mound after the eighth. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, fanning three.

The Hawks added two more runs in the ninth off Masaki Minami.

Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita saw his NPB record-tying run of consecutive games with a walk end at 18.

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