Team Japan Beats Giants

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki singled during a four-run sixth inning to help Japan's World Baseball Classic team to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game Wednesday.

With Japan trailing 4-2, Suzuki looped a single to right field to load the bases before Munenori Kawasaki doubled off Justin Miller to tie the game.

Norichika Aoki and pinch-hitter Kenji Johjima followed with RBI singles to give Japan a 6-4 lead.

Suzuki and Johjima are teammates with the Seattle Mariners but are playing this spring for Japan, which won the inaugural WBC in 2006.

Giants ace Tim Lincecum struck out five and allowed one hit in two innings and a third.


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