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The Hanshin Tigers are halfway home.

Minoru Iwata snuffed out almost all of the Yomiuri Giants’ myriad of scoring chances, Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton drove in two runs apiece, and the Tigers took the initiative in the Central League Climax Series Final Stage with a 5-2 victory in front of a crowd of 44,728 on Thursday night at Tokyo Dome.

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