The ninth-ranked Samsung Lions rode veteran starter Baek Jung-hyun, who continued his streak of three consecutive quality starts (six innings or less), and Koo Ja-rook, who pounded out four hits, to defeat the first-place LG Twins.Samsung won 4-2 at home against LG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Sunday.Baek Jung-hyun, who had pitched six innings of one-run ball in each of his last two games, earned a standing ovation from the home fans after allowing one run on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in six innings.Samsung’s batting title contender, Koo Ja-ook, went 4-for-4 with a home run, his sixth of the season, three RBIs and one run scored, becoming the 16th player in history to record 100 hits in nine consecutive seasons.Samsung took the 스포츠토토링크 lead off LG starter Casey Kelly in the bottom of the third inning.Kim Hyun-joon, Kim Sung-yoon, and Koo Ja-uk singled in three consecutive batters to give Samsung a 1-0 lead.Samsung failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth inning, but scored twice in the fifth to take the pressure off Baek’s shoulders.A throwing error by the opposing second baseman Shin Min-jae in the second inning was the catalyst.Kim Sung-yoon walked, and the next batter, Koo Ja-rook, stole second off a shaky Kelly.With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Lee Jae-hyun lined a clean single to left field to make it 4-0.Samsung gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Oh Seung-hwan, who came on in the ninth, got a triple play to preserve the win.Samsung catcher Kang Min-ho, who donned a catcher’s mask in the ninth, became the third player in history to reach 2,200 games.Kelly had a shaky outing, giving up a whopping 10 hits in six innings.

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