Kazuya Fujita drove in two runs in the second inning as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants 5-1 Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the Japan Series.
Fujita's bases-loaded double made it 2-0, and Ginji Akaminai drove in two more runs with a double as Rakuten took a 4-0 lead at Tokyo Dome.
Rakuten starter Manabu Mima earned the win after holding the Giants to four hits over 5 2-3 scoreless innings.
Andruw Jones singled in the Eagles' fifth run in the top of the eighth. Kenji Yano hit a solo homer in the home half of the inning to make it 5-1.
The Japan Series pits the oldest, most established team against the Eagles, who have been around only since 2005.