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Randy Messenger threw eight scoreless innings and Oh Seung-hwan saved his 22nd game as the Hanshin Tigers defeated Chunichi Dragons 2-0 to wrap up the first half of the season heading into the All-Star break on Wednesday night.

Messenger (8-7) scattered three hits, all singles, struck out 13 and walked two batters. He made the Dragons miss swinging 11 times, taking full advantage of a devastating breaking ball. The second-place Tigers took the rubber in the three-game set to enter Friday’s All-Star series on a high note.

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