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Katsuki Azuma allowed four hits and a run over eight innings, and his teammates gave him an early lead as the Yokohama BayStars defeated the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 5-1 on Friday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Azuma went to the mound at Tokyo Dome with a 3-0 lead thanks to two two-out walks by Giants starter Toshiki Sakurai and Neftali Soto’s 31st home run.

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