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Kenichi Nakata threw five innings of two-run ball, Nobuhiro Matsuda delivered a two-run single in a 4-for-4 outing, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-2 to win Game 4 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks, who received an automatic one-win advantage in the series as the PL champions, lead the series 3-2 and moved one win away from clinching a berth in the Japan Series for the first time since winning it all in 2011.

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