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Seiichi Uchikawa hit a game-tying RBI single in the fourth inning and two runs scored on first baseman Tyrone Woods’ error as the Yokohama BayStars beat the second-place Chunichi Dragons 6-4 in the Central League on Sunday.

News photoYakult Swallows fans show the boards of 27, the number of popular catcher/manager Atsuya Furuta, who announced his retirement after the season, on Sunday in the Swallows’ home finale against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. The Carp won 6-3.

Rookie Kentaro Takasaki (2-1) held Chunichi to three runs — two earned — on five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win at Yokohama Stadium. Marc Kroon worked the ninth for his 30th save.

Tatsuhiko Kinjo gave Yokohama a cushion with a two-run double in the eighth, making it 6-3.

Masahiko Morino homered and drove in another run on an RBI double for Chunichi but Norihiro Nakamura’s pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth was too little, too late. Fourth-place Yokohama finished with a 13-11 record against Chunichi.

Carp 6, Swallows 3

At Jingu Stadium, Takahiro Arai hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, backing a strong outing from Masayuki Hasegawa in Hiroshima’s win over Tokyo Yakult in its final game of the season.

Arai opened the scoring with an RBI double in a three-run first and went deep to the stands in left off lefty Masanori Ishikawa (4-7) in the fifth at Jingu Stadium. Jun Hirose chipped in with a solo drive in the eighth to stretch the lead.

Hasegawa (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. Aaron Guiel hit a pair of solo blasts, but the rally came up short for outgoing Yakult player-manager Atsuya Furuta, who went 0-for-4 hitting fifth in the lineup in the last home game of his career.

Alex Ramirez had a single in the sixth to match teammate Norichika Aoki’s 2005 (146 games) CL single-season record with his 202nd hit of the season.

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