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A three-run error triggered a seven-run inning and sparked the fourth-place Hiroshima Carp to an 11-7 win over the Central League-leading Tokyo Yakult Swallows that threw the pennant race into confusion on Thursday.

Hiroshima’s win at Jingu Stadium kept its slim playoff hopes alive and threw a lifeline to the second-place Hanshin Tigers, whose pennant prospects looked all but over last weekend.

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