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Akihisa Makida celebrated his 32nd birthday in grand fashion, completing a ninth-inning comeback with a two-run sayonara double to lift the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 4-3 interleague victory over the Hanshin Tigers.

It was a stunning reversal of fortune after Tigers starter Randy Messenger had held the Pacific League defending champs to a hit over eight scoreless innings and went into the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Tetsuro Nishida, however, singled to open the ninth and scored when pinch hitter Mitsutaka Goto tripled on a drive to the wall in straight-away left that Matt Murton was unable to catch.

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