Baseball: 2020 PL wins leader Wakui collects 2nd with strong effort

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Hideaki Wakui, who tied for last year's Pacific League lead in pitching wins, allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his second victory as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Orix Buffaloes 4-2 on Friday.

Wakui (2-0) struck out nine without issuing a walk. He took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, when he surrendered two runs on back-to-back Masataka Yoshida and Steven Moya doubles and an Adam Jones pinch-hit single.

The Eagles got to lefty Sachiya Yamasaki (0-1) in the first after Ryosuke Tatsumi and Hiroto Kobukata opened with singles and scored. Daichi Suzuki capped that rally with an RBI single, and scored an insurance run in the sixth. Tatsumi walked and scored another insurance run in the bottom of the seventh.

Eagles closer Yuki Matsui worked a 1-2-3 ninth to record his second save.

At Fukuoka's PayPay Dome, Takeya Nakamura hit a three-run third-inning home run off SoftBank Hawks starter Shuta Ishikawa (1-1), while Seibu Lions starter Kona Takahashi (2-0) struck out eight over eight innings in the 6-2 win.

At Sapporo Dome, the Lotte Marines scored seven runs in two innings off former high school pitching hero Kosei Yoshida (0-1) in a 16-4 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters.

At Tokyo Dome, Yakult Swallows right-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa (1-0) worked 7-2/3 innings and Munetaka Murakami hit a two-run home run in their 2-0 Central League victory over the Yomiuri Giants.

At Yokohama Stadium, Daichi Osera (1-0) worked seven innings while Ryuhei Matsuyama drove in three runs as the Hiroshima Carp beat the winless DeNA BayStars 4-0.

At Koshien Stadium, Chunichi Dragons catcher Takuya Kinoshita drove in four late runs in a 6-3 come-from-behind win as the Hanshin Tigers' bullpen surrendered five late runs.