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Toru Hosokawa belted a tie-breaking two-run homer and Kenichi Nakata allowed a run in six innings to propel the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks into first place in the Pacific League with a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Orix Buffaloes.

In front of 38,561 at Yafuoku Dome, Nakata (8-4) pitched out of a first-inning jam as Softbank held on for a victory that dropped the Buffaloes a half-game back in second. Nakata gave up three hits, two walks and hit a batter, while striking out six to win for the first time since June 14.

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