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Veteran catcher Atsuya Furuta hit a solo homer in the fourth inning Wednesday and added a three-run blast in the seventh as the Yakult Swallows downed the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers 7-3 at Jingu Stadium.

Furuta tied the game in the fourth with his 15th homer of the season and Shinya Miyamoto drove in the winning run with a clutch single. Furuta’s three-run homer in the seventh off Keiichi Yabu put the game out of reach.

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