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Haruki Nishikawa threw out a runner at the plate in the eighth and pinch-hitter Ginji Akaminai singled in the only run in the ninth as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Central League’s last-place Hanshin Tigers 1-0 in interleague on Thursday.

With the game scoreless in the eighth at Koshien Stadium, Tigers catcher Kenya Nagasaka singled and tried to score on Koji Chikamoto’s two-out single but was gunned down at the plate as left fielder Nishikawa threw out his Japan-best ninth runner of the season.

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