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Yusuke Matsui started strong but saved the best for last on Tuesday, belting a two-run, 10th-inning home run to lift the Chunichi Dragons to a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp.

Matsui broke the ice with an RBI single and homered with one on and one out in the 10th off right-hander Ren Nakata (7-4). Lefty Hitoki Iwase retired one of the final two batters he faced in the 10th to record his 19th save of the season as the fourth-place Dragons moved to within 4½ games of first place and 1½ games behind the third-place Carp.

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