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The Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp belted three home runs in a 16-hit attack and held off a late challenge to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 13-7 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep at Jingu Stadium.

Behind rookie Daichi Osera (4-1), Brad Eldred gave the visiting Carp a first-inning lead with a two-run double off Takeaki Tokuyama (0-1).

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