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Sho Nakata hit a tie-breaking double to help the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters move within three games of the Pacific-League lead as they beat the front-running Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 6-3 on Sunday.

With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth with one out and a runner on second, Nakata swung feebly at a pair of forkballs from SoftBank starter Sho Iwasaki. The right-hander missed in the heart of the plate with a 1-2 fastball, and Nakata drove it to the wall in left center.

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