CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Indians reliever Dan Otero served up a three-run home run to pinch hitter Seiya Matsubara in the fourth inning Thursday, but the Major League Baseball All-Star team held on to defeat the Yomiuri Giants, 9-6 at the Tokyo Dome.
Matsubara hit a fly ball to left center that dropped under the glove of Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto in the bottom of the fourth and rolled all the way to the fence. By the time Atlanta center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. retrieved the ball, Matsubara had raced around the bases and cut the MLB stars’ lead to 7-4.
Soto was among four MLB stars with multi-hit efforts in the game, which represented the opener of an six-game tour of Japan, the first for MLB players since 2014. Former Indians 1B Carlos Santana had a hit and struck out three times for the MLB stars.
Only two of the runs Otero allowed were earned as he pitched one inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Giants center fielder Daikan Yoh, but got Shuta Tanaka on a ground out to end the inning.
Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run double in the third and a solo home run off Giants lefty Ryusei Ohe in the fifth to lead the MLB stars.
The series continues Friday at 4:05 a.m. EST with the game airing live on MLB Network.