Baseball: Higashihama goes seven as Hawks blank Eagles

Nao Higashihama threw seven innings to win his sixth straight start as the SoftBank Hawks beat the Rakuten Eagles 5-0 on Saturday to solidify their hold on the Pacific League lead.Higashihama (8-1) allowed four hits, two walks and hit a batter while striking out seven. The right-hander survived a shaky fourth inning to protect his early one-run lead.The Eagles loaded the bases on two one-out walks and a Stefen Romero single, but the right-hander had enough on his pitches to get out of the inning on two easy outs.”I took the mound with the team having won six straight, and I wanted to ride that…

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