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It’s still very early in the season, but so far everything has come up red for the Hiroshima Carp.

Shota Dobayashi gave the Carp some breathing room with a two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning to help prop up starting pitcher Yusuke Nomura in a 4-1 victory on Tuesday over the Yomiuri Giants in front of a crowd of 42,497 on the 26th anniversary of the first regular-season game at Tokyo Dome.

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