• The Associated Press


Pedro Valdes and Kenji Jojima both hit two run homers Sunday as the Daiei Hawks moved a step closer to claiming the Pacific League pennant with a 6-1 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Valdes got the Hawks on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning with his 26th homer of the season. Jojima gave Daiei a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth at Fukuoka Dome with a towering blast into the left field stands.

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