Baseball: Neuse, Murakami lead Tigers past Swallows


Sheldon Neuse drove in five runs and rookie Shoki Murakami continued to impress on the mound for the Hanshin Tigers in a 6-3 Central League victory Tuesday over the Yakult Swallows.

Neuse’s third-inning bases-loaded single opened the scoring for the league leaders at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.

“I was looking for a good pitch to hit and hopefully get something in the air that would score one run,” said Neuse, whose line drive instead got down to plate two.

Leading 3-2 after Tetsuto Yamada’s two-run homer for the Swallows in the sixth, Neuse hit his fourth home run in Japan in the top of the seventh...

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