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Home runs by Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe lifted the Yomiuri Giants to a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Hiroshima Carp and earned ace Tetsuya Utsumi his first win in over two months.

Sakamoto’s eighth homer of the year tied it 1-1 in the sixth before 44,497 at Tokyo Dome, and Abe capped the three-run frame with his 10th homer, a two-run shot off Carp rookie Daichi Osera (6-5). The win pushed the Carp 4½ games back of the Central League-leading Giants.

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