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Sho Nakata hit a game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning and Takuya Nakashima broke the balance with a two-run single in the top of the 11th as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-4 in Game 5 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Sunday.

With the victory, the third-place Fighters evened the series at 3-3 and forced a Game 6 on Monday night against the Hawks, who had received a one-win advantage as the PL champions.

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