Ryoya Kurihara's two-run fifth-inning double capped a rally by the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 4-3 Pacific League victory over the Orix Buffaloes on Thursday.

With closer Yuito Mori sidelined, ace middle reliever Livan Moinelo worked around a pair of one-out singles in the ninth inning to lock down the victory and earn his first save of the season.

The Buffaloes opened the scoring at Fukuoka's PayPay Dome in a three-run fifth off right-hander Shota Takeda (1-1), only for the Hawks to counterattack in the home half against Orix starter Hirotoshi Masui (1-2).