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(LEAD) Mariners' Lee Dae-ho hits 14th homer; Pirates' Kang Jung-ho stays hot with double

All News 11:54 September 09, 2016

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SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners has hit his 14th home run of the season.

Lee hit a solo home run off Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle on Thursday (local time). The homer came in the bottom of the second and gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

It was Lee's third home run off Holland in ninth at-bat this year.

Earlier in the day in the National League, Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates stayed hot at the plate.

Kang hit a two-run double against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates to a 4-1 victory.

Kang entered the game having belted three homers in his past two games. And in his first at-bat against the Reds in the bottom of the first, Kang sent a two-out double to left center, bringing two runners home to give the Bucs an early lead.

Kang moved to third on an infield single by David Freese and scored to make it 3-0 on another single by Francisco Cervelli.

Kang got hit by a pitch in the third but lined out twice and grounded out once the rest of the day. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

He returned to action earlier this week from a left shoulder injury, and is batting 7-for-13 in his last three games.

Kang also made a nice backhanded grab on a sharp grounder off the bat of Brandon Phillips in the top of the seventh.

In this Associated Press photo, Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball hit by the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 2016. (Yonhap)


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