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BASEBALL | Masataka Yoshida the Hero as Orix Rallies in 9th for Game 5 Win over Yakult

Yoshida connected for a two-run sayonara homer off Scott McGough to send the Japan Series back to Tokyo all tied up. Game 2 ended in a tie.

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Orix Buffaloes star Masataka Yoshida belts a game-ending, two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Game 5 of the Japan Series on October 27 at Kyocera Dome. (KYODO)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Masataka Yoshida hit home runs all season long for the Orix Buffaloes. For a while it looked like he wouldn't hit one in the Japan Series, but that all changed in Game 5 on Thursday, October 27.

Yoshida connected for two homers, including a tie-breaking two-run sayonara shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, to lift the Buffaloes to a 6-4 win over the defending champion Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

The two teams now head back to Jingu Stadium for Game 6 on Saturday with two wins and a tie (a 2-2 stalemate in 12 innings in Game 2). 

Yoshida's dramatic shot into the upper deck at Kyocera Dome followed a complete meltdown by Yakult closer Scott McGough.

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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