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Rookie Koki Ugusa triggered a four-run first inning with a leadoff home run and the Central League’s fourth-place Hiroshima Carp held on to beat the third-place Yomiuri Giants 8-7 on Saturday.

The win at Tokyo Dome kept the Carp’s hopes of seizing a playoff berth alive as they moved to within three games of the Giants with eight games left to play.

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