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Yoshio Itoi, Joe Gunkel and Robert Suarez helped the Hanshin Tigers earn a one-run win over the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday afternoon. Later that night, Munetaka Murakami hit a two-run homer for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in a 16-0 destruction of the Chunichi Dragons.

Those results left the Swallows and Tigers in a virtual tie for first place in the Central League.

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