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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.
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Author: Jim Armstrong
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