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Munetaka Murakami ripped his first grand slam of the season Tuesday, his 36th homer propelling the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 5-2 win over the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in the Central League.

Yakult opened the game with three straight singles off DeNA starter Yuya Sakamoto (4-5) before Murakami pulled the lefty’s first-pitch breaking ball over the right-field fence at Yokohama Stadium for the decisive lead.

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