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The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks broke out the bats in a seven-run third inning on the way to defeating the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9-6 in an interleague game on Friday night in Tokyo.

The Hawks got off to a robust start when they batted around in the big frame in support of shaky starter Jason Standridge before the Swallows gradually narrowed the gap.

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