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Chihiro Kaneko allowed a run over eight innings to earn the win as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 8-1 on Friday in the first game of their three-game showdown series.

Pitching before 31,128 at Kyocera Dome, Kaneko struck out nine, while giving up six hits without a walk to improve his record to 10-4. The right-hander hardly looked troubled, although two-time batting champion Seiichi Uchikawa went 3-for-4 against him and doubled in the Hawks’ only run in the sixth.

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