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.

MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto, left, of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies after hitting a two-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Akitake Okada in the sixth inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto, left, of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies after hitting a two-run home-run off All Japan’s pitcher Akitake Okada in the sixth inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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.

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 pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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.

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 Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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.

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 starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 starting pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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

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 pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 pitcher Takayuki Kishi in the third inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Rosario hit a solo homer in the third inning.

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 Narita, right, in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 Narita, right, in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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.

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 after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. At right is Japan's catcher Takuya Kai. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan’s pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. At right is Japan’s catcher Takuya Kai. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates Yadier Molina (4) of the St. Louis Cardinals and Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan's pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
MLB All-Star first baseman Carlos Santana (41) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates Yadier Molina (4) of the St. Louis Cardinals and Amed Rosario (1) of the New York Mets after hitting a three-run home-run off All Japan’s pitcher Kakeru Narita in the 5th inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

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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 Akitake Okada in the sixth inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
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 Akitake Okada in the sixth inning of Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Source: The Associated Press

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