Baseball: Smoak drives Giants past Hawks

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Justin Smoak homered and drove in three runs to lift the defending Central League champions, the Yomiuri Giants, past the Pacific League's SoftBank Hawks 4-3 on Sunday in interleague action. Smoak singled in two first-inning runs off Tsuyoshi Wada (3-3), and after Kazuma Okamoto broke a 2-2 fifth-inning tie with his 14th home run, Smoak went deep in the eighth inning, driving in an insurance run with his sixth homer of the season. Giants right-hander Shosei Togo (5-2) frequently pitched out of trouble to allow just two runs through five innings and earn the win. The victory was Yomiuri's first...

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