Ja­pan beats MLB All-Stars 12-6

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TOKYO — Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Ja­pan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 Satur­day to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

Yanagita, who hit a game-end­ing two-run homer in the open­ing 7-6 win, had an RBI sin­gle in the first off Erasmo Ramirez at the Tokyo Dome and hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-0 lead.

“The en­tire lineup was able to string to­gether hits,” Ja­pan man­ager At­sunori In­aba said. “I think we are on the right track now, and I would like to see us con­tinue to do the same in the game to­mor­row.”

Yanagita sin­gled in an­other run against Brian John­son in a four-run fifth as Ja­pan went ahead 9-0.

Shogo Akiyama had three hits and three RBIs.

Ramirez, the loser, al­lowed five runs and six hits in three in­nings. John­son gave up seven runs — four earned — and six hits in 3 2/3 in­nings.

“I thought tonight's game ac­tu­ally turned early,” MLB man­ager Don Mat­tingly said. “They were able to score early. We came out and got first and third and couldn't score early and we lost mo­men­tum right there.”

Na­tional League Rookie of the Year fi­nal­ist Juan Soto home­red for the sec­ond straight game, a fifth-in­ning home down the left-field line that drove in the first run for the MLB All-Stars, who were the home team.

En­rique Her­nan­dez hit an RBI ground­out in the sev­enth and Kevin Pil­lar fol­lowed with a run-scor­ing sin­gle. J.T. Real­muto hit a three-run homer in the eighth against Yu Sato.

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