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Flame-thrower Shohei Otani logged two 162-km-per-hour pitches but took his fourth loss of the season as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters were beaten 6-3 by the Seibu Lions on Sunday.

Otani (1-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in six-plus innings as he struck out 11 and issued five walks in a 131-pitch outing. The 21-year-old gave up a tie-breaking, three-run homer to slugger Takeya Nakamura in the seventh after striking him out in all three previous at-bats.

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