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Samsung Lions win fifth straight S. Korean baseball pennant

All Headlines 17:52 October 03, 2015

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- The Samsung Lions captured an unprecedented fifth straight pennant in South Korean baseball on Saturday.

The Lions defeated the Nexen Heroes 1-0 in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) showdown in Seoul to improve to 87-56, with one game remaining. When the second-place NC Dinos lost to the SK Wyverns 4-3 later Saturday and fell 1.5 games back with two games remaining, the Lions clinched their record-setting pennant.

The Lions first established a KBO record with their third straight pennant in 2013, before extending it in 2014 and again this year.

They have earned a bye to the championship Korean Series, where they will chase a record fifth straight title.

Only two other teams, the 2011-2014 Lions and the 1986-1989 Haitai Tigers, have won as many as four consecutive championships.

Against the Heroes, Alfredo Figaro tossed seven shutout innings in his first start since Sept. 5, and ended his first KBO regular season at 13-7 with a 3.38 ERA.

Park Sok-min hit an RBI single in the first inning, and it stood as the winning run.

Figaro was perfect through 4 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit. Closer Lim Chang-yong got the final out for his 32nd save.

The Dinos clinched second place and will advance straight to the second round of the postseason.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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