Baseball: Swallows' youngster Murakami, veteran Ishikawa down Giants

Slugging youngster Munetaka Murakami’s two-run homer made a winner of veteran Masanori Ishikawa, who allowed a run over six innings in a 2-1 victory over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday.With the Giants’ loss and a win by the second-place Chunichi Dragons, who now trail by 9-1/2 games, Yomiuri’s magic number to clinch the CL pennant remained at seven.The 40-year-old Ishikawa (2-7) walked two and surrendered three hits, including a fourth-inning home run to Giants captain Hayato Sakamoto. Three Swallows relievers kept the visitors off the board at Jingu Stadium, although c…

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