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Hirotoshi Takanashi continued his strong run as a starter with seven scoreless innings on Friday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 5-2, extending their winning streak to eight games.

Takanashi (4-2) has allowed one unearned run over 18 innings since being inserted into the starting rotation on June 8. The right-hander allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out 11 before 38,389 at Yafuoku Dome.

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