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Shohei Otani went 3-for-5 and rookie Takayuki Kato worked six innings on Sunday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4-2 to salvage the final game of their three-game series.

Kato (5-1) survived a first-inning scare when Akira Nakamura was thrown out trying to score on a delayed, two-out double steal to allow just two runs over six innings. The lefty gave up four hits and issued two walks, while striking out three.

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