HIROSHIMA Jesus Aguilar Jersey , Japan (AP) — Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt in a four-run ninth inning as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 Tuesday and took a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series.MLB led 3-1 when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and scored on Seiji Uebayashi’s single just past the glove of diving shortstop Amed Rosario. Kosuke Tanaka hit a tying single, John Brebbia relieved and Kikuchi bunted up the line toward first baseman Carlos Santana for a sacrifice as Tanaka crossed the plate with a headfirst slide.“I thought we defended it well,” MLB manager Don Mattingly said. “It wasn’t a surprise. Carlos was there. He just didn’t get a lot on the throw. They did a nice job of fouling balls off and putting balls in play.”Yuki Yanagita added an RBI grounder for Japan, which was the visiting team.Rhys Hoskins hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the second and Ronald Acuna Jr., voted National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, made it 2-0 in the seventh when he scored on a double by Juan Soto http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-braun-jersey , who finished second in the voting.Akiyama hit an inside-the-park home run past a diving Soto and into the left-field corner in the eighth. Santana had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half off winner Yuki Matusi.MLB starter Kenta Maeda, who spent nine seasons with the Hiroshima Carp before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the 2016 season, allowed one hit in two innings before Matt Andriese relieved. Hiroki Kuroda, a former Hiroshima and major league pitcher, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.Yates dropped to 0-2 in the series, allowing four runs — two earned — two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.Yasuaki Yamasaki got three outs for the save.The final two games are on Wednesday and Thursday in Nagoya. Andrew McCutchen lost his luggage but found his batting stroke.When the New York Yankees arrived at the team hotel Thursday in Seattle after a charter flight from San Francisco, McCutchen’s bags were missing.“They couldn’t find it. It ended up being here at the ballpark Travis Shaw Jersey ,” McCutchen said of his luggage, which was brought from Safeco Field to his hotel room about 8 p.m. on Thursday’s off day.Article continues below ...“I was just chilling in my robe the majority of the day, really,” McCutchen said.As for the batting stroke?After flying out to center field in his first at-bat Friday, making him 1-for-17 with the Yankees since being acquired Aug. 31 from San Francisco, McCutchen came up in the third inning with a runner on against Mariners left-hander James Paxton and hit a two-run shot to left-center field. It was his first home run for the Yankees.“I felt awesome. It’s the sixth game for me here, but it feels good to get a big hit like that Paul Molitor Jersey ,” McCutchen said after New York’s 4-0 victory. “I just hope something like that will get you going and start throwing the hits out there after that.”McCutchen led off Saturday’s 4-2 victory with a home run off longtime Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and will try to extend the streak Sunday in the series finale at Safeco Field.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he felt good about the contact McCutchen made in his first at-bat Friday and mentioned that to the outfielder on the bench.“I think the at-bats have been good from him,” Boone said. “We’ve seen him obviously take some walks, and that’s been something he’s done all year (and) really throughout his career.”McCutchen said he wasn’t discouraged during his 1-for-17 stretch.“Because overall, I was having good swings, taking good passes at balls and grinding out at-bats,” McCutchen said. “Overall, I wasn’t frustrated. Just matter of time when the hits will fall.”The Yankees will not only be going after a sweep of the three-game series Sunday but also a season sweep. They defeated the Mariners three straight times in June in New York.Left-hander CC Sabathia (7-6 http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-robin-yount-jersey , 3.54 ERA) is scheduled to start against Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (2-3, 5.56). Sabathia is 14-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 career starts against Seattle, including 10-1 in 14 appearances at Safeco Field. He’s 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his past eight starts in Seattle, allowing one or fewer runs in seven of them. Ramirez is 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 career appearances against the Yankees. In four starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA.The Mariners have scored three or fewer runs in five of their past six games, dropping 7 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race for the American League’s second and final wild-card berth.“It’s a broken record, it really is Matt Garza Jersey ,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said of the offensive futility. “Some nights it’s a good pitcher, other nights we’re just not squaring the ball up. Unfortunately, the timing of this (slump) is pretty bad.”
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