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Munetaka Murakami homered twice and drove in six runs to power the Central League-leading Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 7-4 interleague title-clinching win over the Pacific League’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Saturday.

The Swallows improved to 13-4 in the annual interleague session, when each team plays six three-game series against the rival league. Yakult earned ¥30 million ($223,000) in prize money for clinching the best interleague record.

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