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Former Triple Crown winner Nobuhiko Matsunaka delivered a tie-breaking, pinch-hit double on Sunday as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks reeled off their eighth straight win by beating the Nippon Ham Fighters 6-4.

With game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hawks skipper Koji Akiyama sent Matsunaka, who entered the game 2-for-19 on the season up to bat against hard-throwing youngster Shohei Otani (9-3).

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