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Ace pitcher Shohei Otani gave himself a first-inning lead with a leadoff homer and made it stand up for eight innings on Sunday to lead the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to their 10th straight victory, a 2-0 win over the Pacific League champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

Otani (8-4) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out 10 to win his seventh straight start. He has not allowed a run in his last 30 innings.

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