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Tsuyoshi Wada worked eight impressive innings as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks earned a big 3-0 win over the surging Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who fell a half-game back in the Pacific League pennant race.

Wada (13-4), who now leads both leagues in wins, struck out nine without issuing a walk to win the first game of a three-game set at Sapporo Dome. Although Wada was coming off a tough loss in his last outing, it was the sixth straight start in which the lefty lasted at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs.

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