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Fukuoka SoftBank’s Dennis Sarfate earned his 46th save of the season, matching the NPB record as the Hawks defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 on Saturday to secure a spot in the Pacific League Climax Series.

Sarfate stepped on the mound in the ninth. He allowed a soft single to Hiroaki Shimauchi but retired the next three batters in order to seal the win for the PL-leading Hawks at Yafuoku Dome.

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