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Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani struck out nine in a five-hit shutout as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 1-0 on Saturday.

Before 34,675 at Sapporo Dome, Otani (11-4) got a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Keiji Obiki, and escaped his biggest jam with a double play in the eighth after surrendering a pair of no-out singles.

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