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Pacific League batting leader Seiichi Uchikawa homered twice and Kenichi Nakata pitched one-run ball over eight solid innings as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Uchikawa had a two-run blast to left off Yuki Karakawa (0-3) in the fourth and took the right-hander on another ride, a solo shot over the center-field wall in the following at-bat in the sixth in the chill at QVC Marine Field.

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