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Yu Darvish got his injury scare out of the way and threw eight dominant innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5-1 to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games.

Darvish (13-3) held Softbank to five hits, including a sixth-inning solo homer by Nobuhiko Matsunaka, en route to a Japanese baseball-leading 13th win.

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