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Yuki Yanagita and Yurisbel Gracial each drove in a pair of runs as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks closed to within one game of the Pacific League-leading Saitama Seibu Lions on Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Orix Buffaloes.

Yanagita singled in the Hawks’ second first-inning run against tough right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto (7-6). The Hawks’ cleanup hitter then broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with an RBI triple and came home to score on a two-out Akira Nakamura single.

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