Baseball: Hawks' Kurihara blows up Giants in Series opener
Baseball: Hawks' Kurihara blows up Giants in Series opener

The SoftBank Hawks opened the Japan Series with a bang as youngster Ryoya Kurihara homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pacific League champs to a 5-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants in Saturday’s Game 1.Kurihara went 3-for-3 with a walk, a two-run homer and a two-run double off Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano before 16,489 at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome. Hawks ace Kodai Senga, starting Game 1 for the fourth straight year, worked seven scoreless innings to earn the win.The victory extended the Hawks’ record postseason win streak to 13 games. SoftBank has also won nine straight Japan Series Games dating …

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