Molina, Realmuto homer to lead MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3

Published 11-11-2018

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TOKYO (AP) - Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, and J.T. Realmuto also went deep to lead the MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the six-game exhibition series after a pair of defeats.

Realmuto hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth at Tokyo Dome, and Mitch Haniger scored the go-ahead run from second in a four-run fifth when Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata threw wildly for an error on Mitch Haniger's bunt.

One out later, Molina chased Tawata with an opposite-field, three-run homer to right for a 5-1 lead. The nine-time Gold Glove catcher picked off Seiji Uebayashi in the fourth inning.

"I felt like Yadi's pick at first was huge," MLB manager Don Mattingly said. "We got in a little bit of a jam, pitch count is starting to climb, then Yadi's pick."

Rookie Juan Soto hit a fly ball in the fourth that was headed for the seats but hit the roof and was caught by right fielder Shogo Akiyama. Soto also hit the roof in Thursday's warmup game against the Yomiuri Giants.

Winner Scott Barlow allowed one run and five hits in 4 1/3 innings and 65 pitches, striking out four.

Eugenio Suarez hit an RBI double over Seiji Uebayashi in left in a two-run seventh, then scored on Haniger's single to open a 7-1 lead.

"Having Yadi back there makes my life a lot easier," Barlow said. "I trust him very much and I trusted my defense as well. Not being afraid of contact and letting them run down balls and make their plays."

Hotaka Yamakawa and Ryosuke Kikuchi hit run-scoring doubles in the ninth against John Brebbia. Tawata took the loss.

The teams play Tuesday at Hiroshima, then conclude the following two days at Nagoya.

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Eugenio Suarez hit an RBI double over Seiji Uebayashi in left in a two-run seventh, then scored on Haniger's single to open a 7-1 lead.

"Having Yadi back there makes my life a lot easier," Barlow said. "I trust him very much and I trusted my defense as well. Not being afraid of contact and letting them run down balls and make their plays."

Hotaka Yamakawa and Ryosuke Kikuchi hit run-scoring doubles in the ninth against John Brebbia. Tawata took the loss.

The teams play Tuesday at Hiroshima, then conclude the following two days at Nagoya.

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Hotaka Yamakawa and Ryosuke Kikuchi hit run-scoring doubles in the ninth against John Brebbia. Tawata took the loss.

The teams play Tuesday at Hiroshima, then conclude the following two days at Nagoya.

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MLB All-Star pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomes teammates after the Major League team beat All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star closer John Brebbia (60) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammate Mitch Haniger, center, of the Seattle Mariners after beating All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, center, of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with closer John Brebbia (60) of the St. Louis Cardinals and first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies after beating All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


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MLB All-Star designated hitter J.T. Realmuto of the Miami Marlins rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off All Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fourth inning of Game 3 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals watches the flight of his fly ball in the fourth inning of Game 3 against All Japan at the All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The fly ball hit the ceiling of the dome and was caught. Soto was a ground-rule fly out to right. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star designated hitter J.T. Realmuto, right, of the Miami Marlins is welcomed by teammate Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals after hitting a solo home run off All Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fourth inning of Game 3 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals watches his fly ball while heading to first base in the fourth inning of Game 3 against All Japan at the All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The fly ball hit the ceiling of the dome and was caught. Soto was a ground-rule fly out to right. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Juan Soto (22) of the Washington Nationals is urged by manager Don Mattingly (8) to go back to the bench after ground-rule flied out in the fourth inning of Game 3 against All Japan at the All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The fly ball hit the ceiling of the dome and was caught. Soto was a ground-rule fly out to right. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three-run home-run off All Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fifth inning of Game 3 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals heads to first base as he hits a three-run home-run off All Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fifth inning of Game 3 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) - The Associated Press