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Left-hander Ariel Miranda pitched seven strong innings and Nobuhiro Matsuda blasted two home runs on Saturday as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks came from behind to beat the Pacific-League leading Seibu Lions 3-1.

The Hawks snapped the Lions’ winning streak at 12 and delayed Seibu’s pennant celebration. The Lions, who started the game with their magic number to clinch the pennant at one, will need to wait to claim their first league pennant in 10 years.

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