CORRECTED: Baseball: Giants’ Sakamoto hits sayonara homer to beat Eagles


Hayato Sakamoto brought the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants from two runs down in the ninth with a game-ending three-run sayonara home run Friday to beat the Pacific League’s Rakuten Eagles 6-5 in interleague play.

Trailing 5-3 in the ninth at Tokyo Dome, the Giants opened the ninth with two straight hits off reliever Tomohito Ito (0-1) before Sakamoto teed off on a 2-0 pitch and drove it over the left-field wall for his 10th home run and a walk-off win.

“To hit a home run amid this incredible support from the fans makes me as happy as can be,” Sakamoto said.

“I have recently been trying vario...

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