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Kosuke Fukudome came through when his team needed him the most, delivering a 12th-inning, walk-off home run to lift the Hanshin Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the archrival Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday night.

Hanshin won its fourth consecutive game and beat the Central League-leading Giants for the second night in a row at the fabled ballpark at Koshien Stadium. With the victory, second-place Hanshin closed the gap to 1-1/2 games on Yomiuri.

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