TOKYO | Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB

TOKYO | Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB

TOKYO — Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift Japan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in the opening game of a six-game exhibition series.

Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario had all homered to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead but reliever Kirby Yates couldn’t close out the game.

“No matter how you look at it, it’s tough to lose a game like that,” MLB manager Don Mattingly said.

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