Justin Rose and Paul Casey -- at 13th and 22nd the two highest-ranked players in the event -- held on for a 1-up victory over Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the final match.
Casey made a 6-foot putt for a winning par at the last hole. They had led by six with three to play.
Rose and Casey both lost their opening matches with other partners.
'Neither of us wanted to go two matches without getting a point. We're too strong for that,' Casey said. 'I think we're two guys who should be making points and we didn't do that the first day. I'm glad we've corrected that now.'
Britain & Ireland's Bradley Dredge and Phillip Archer beat Swedes Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson 5 and 4 in Friday's opening match for their second win in two days.
Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin of France responded by scoring their second victory, 5 and 3 over Colin Montgomerie and Mark Warren, the second defeat of the tournament for the Scottish pair.
Oliver Wilson and Simon Dyson of Britain & Ireland beat Danes Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen 3 and 2, while Mikko Ilonen of Finland and Markus Brier of Austria scored a surprising second victory by one hole over Nick Dougherty and Graeme Storm.
On Saturday, there will be four best-ball matches and four alternate-shot matches. Ten singles matches will be played Sunday.
Britain & Ireland captain Nick Faldo decided to rest Montgomerie and Warren for the Saturday morning session, and not because Warren injured himself when a chandelier crashed down on him as he took a practice swing in his hotel room Thursday night.
'He's fine physically. He's just struggling with his swing,' Faldo said.