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Akihiro Yano drove in a pair of runs and rookie Tomoyuki Kubota went 7 2/3 solid innings Saturday as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers cruised to a 9-3 win over the Yakult Swallows.

Yano gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead at Koshien Stadium with a solo homer off Yakult reliever Hideki Sato in the bottom of the fourth and then drove in another run in the fifth when Hanshin scored four runs to take an 8-1 lead.

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