Zach Neal delivered a vintage performance, allowing one run over six innings to pitch the Seibu Lions to a 7-2 victory over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Thursday.

Neal (1-1) who went 12-1 in his 2019 Japan debut season but 6-8 a year ago, allowed a walk and six hits while striking out four.

"I was excited to get out in front of Lions fans again. It feels good to be home," he said after his first start of the season at MetLife Dome outside Tokyo.