Yanagita hits 'sayonara' home run to lift Japan over MLB

All Japan's Yuki Yanagita is struck out swinging off MLB All-Star pitcher Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of Game 1 of their

All Japan's Yuki Yanagita is struck out swinging off MLB All-Star pitcher Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of Game 1 of their

MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto, left, of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies after hittin

MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto, left, of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies after hittin

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates while rounding bases after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pi

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates while rounding bases after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pi

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario of the New York Mets hits a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of G

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario of the New York Mets hits a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of G

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets watches his solo home-run off All Japan's starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third in

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets watches his solo home-run off All Japan's starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third in

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates at the bench after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's star

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates at the bench after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's star

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates while rounding bases after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pi

MLB All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets celebrates while rounding bases after hitting a solo home-run off All Japan's starting pi

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th

MLB All-Star Carlos Santana, center, of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds bases after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narit

MLB All-Star Carlos Santana, center, of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds bases after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narit

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammate Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets at home aft

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammate Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets at home aft

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates Yadier Molina (4) of the St. Louis Cardinals and

MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates Yadier Molina (4) of the St. Louis Cardinals and

MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto (22) of the Washington Nationals rounds third base after hitting a two-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Akitak

MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto (22) of the Washington Nationals rounds third base after hitting a two-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Akitak

TOKYO (AP) — 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.

Tsubasa Aizawa singled in a run to cut the lead to 6-5 before Yanagita's dramatic blast to deep center before 44,943 at Tokyo Dome.

Santana hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give his team a 4-1 lead but Japan tied the game on a bases-clearing double by Shogo Akiyama in the bottom of the frame.

Soto restored the lead for the MLB players in the sixth with an opposite-field two-run shot to left.

Rosario hit a solo homer in the third inning.

The series continues this weekend with two more games in Tokyo followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.

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