TOKYO (AP) -- Japan rallied with three runs in the eighth inning to beat Team Europe 4-3 Tuesday in the first of a two-game series.
The European team took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on a double by Oscar Angulo that scored two runs at Tokyo Dome. Nobuhiro Matsuda drove in the game-tying run and Yuhei Nakamura singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
The series is part of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's efforts to have baseball make a return at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games but could make a return in 2020 under reforms made by the International Olympic Committee.
The European team was made up of players from six countries, mostly the Netherlands and Italy.