FUKUOKA – Right-hander Shota Takeda fanned seven but yielded five runs to Tohoku Rakuten on Sunday as the Eagles toughed out an 8-4 series-winning victory over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
The last-place Eagles overcame an early tie and a one-run deficit in front of 35,020 at Yafuoku Dome to edge out Takeda (2-4) and the Hawks, who are currently third in the Pacific League standings.
Eagles cleanup batter Carlos Peguero gave the visitors an early lead with an RBI double in the top of the first, but the Hawks equalized in the bottom of the inning when leadoff man Keizo Kawashima crossed the plate on Yuki Yanagita’s groundout to second.
Ginji Akaminai’s third-inning RBI put the Eagles ahead, but back-to-back, fourth-inning solo homers from Alfredo Despaigne and Nobuhiro Matsuda gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
The visitors broke ahead for good after Zelous Wheeler’s single brought home a tying run in the sixth, and Akaminai’s second RBI of the game followed pinch hitter Toshiaki Imae’s two-run RBI triple in the seventh.
“They left me in, even in the seventh-inning jam, and you have to make pitches worthy of that responsibility,” Takeda said. “But for the most part, I threw the ball where they were expecting it.”
Kazuki Tanaka’s two-run homer in the eighth sealed the win.
Eagles starter Takahiro Shiomi gave up three runs on six hits in five innings, but right-hander Koji Aoyama (2-0) and three other Rakuten relievers held the Hawks to one run for the remainder of the game.
Buffaloes 3, Marines 2
At Wakasa Stadium, Masataka Yoshida followed up his first-inning, two-run homer with a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth against Chiba Lotte righty Tanner Scheppers (0-1). Marines first baseman Matt Dominguez walked twice and hit a two-run homer, his fourth home run in four games.
Fighters 10, Lions 8 (10)
At MetLife Dome, Kensuke Kondo drove in two runs with a 10th-inning, tie-breaking double as Hokkaido Nippon Ham came from behind, completing a three-game sweep of Seibu and moving to within one game of the league-leading Lions.
Tigers 9, Giants 1
At Koshien Stadium, Hiroto Saiki (1-1) struck out seven while holding Yomiuri to two hits over six scoreless innings to give Hanshin its first five-game win streak of the season.
Dragons 8, Carp 7
At Mazda Stadium, Ryosuke Hirata’s two-run homer in the seventh and Dayan Viciedo’s six RBIs brought Chunichi from behind for its second-straight win over first-place Hiroshima.
Swallows 5, BayStars 3
At Jingu Stadium, Wladimir Balentien’s two-out, fifth-inning single overturned a one-run deficit en route to Tokyo Yakult’s come-from-behind victory over Yokohama.
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