Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1, win series 5-1

Published 11-15-2018

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NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Sosuke Genda hit a three-run triple that chased starter Brian Johnson in a four-run second inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 Thursday for their fifth win in the six-game series.

Genda scored on Ryosuke Kikuchi's sacrifice fly off Erasmo Ramirez at the Nagoya Dome.

NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. homered in the eighth against Yu Sato. MLB loaded the bases on singles by Eugenio Suarez, Mitch Haniger and Kevin Pillar, but Sato escaped the one-out jam by striking out Robinson Chirinos and Chris Taylor.

Johnson gave up four runs, five hits and a walk, getting just three outs, and was the loser.

Winner Shotaro Kasahara struck out four and gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings, and Yasuaki Yamasaki got three straight outs for his second save.

"They play the game the right way," MLB manager Don Mattingly said of Japan. "They have a lot of hitters who can put the ball in play and give you a lot of looks, and their pitchers have always been one of their strengths."

Japan used the series to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"We used a lot of young players in this series, and it was a valuable experience for them," Japan manager Atsunori Inaba said. "I hope they use this experience to continue making progress."

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Japan used the series to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"We used a lot of young players in this series, and it was a valuable experience for them," Japan manager Atsunori Inaba said. "I hope they use this experience to continue making progress."

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All Japan starter Shotaro Kasahara pitches against MLB All-Stars in Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Kasahara struck out four and gave up four hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Japan's 4-1 win. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press


All Japan's Sosuke Genda hits a three-run triple off MLB All-Star starter Brian Johnson of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning of Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Japan won 4-1. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press


All Japan's Sosuke Genda slides into third base while hitting a three-run triple off MLB All-Star starter Brian Johnson of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning of Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Japan won 4-1. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press


All Japan closer Yasuaki Yamasaki pitches against MLB All-Stars in the ninth inning of Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Japan won 4-1. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press


All Japan closer Yasuaki Yamasaki, back facing camera, celebrates with teammates on the mound after beating MLB All-Stars 4-1 in Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Japan improved to 5-1 in the series. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press


MLB All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves hits a solo home-run off All Japan pitcher Masaru Sato as Japan's catcher Takuya Kai, left, watches in the eighth inning of Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kyodo News via AP) - The Associated Press