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Masataka Yoshida Smacks a Pair of Eighth-Inning Home Runs as Red Sox Rally Past Brewers

Boston slugger Masataka Yoshida, who entered the game with one home run this season, became the first MLB rookie to homer twice in the same inning since 1962.



Masataka Yoshida
Boston Red Sox slugger Masataka Yoshida hits a grand slam in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 23 at American Family Field. (GETTY IMAGES/via KYODO)

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Masataka Yoshida belted two home runs in the eighth inning on Sunday, April 23, helping power the visiting Boston Red Sox past the Milwaukee Brewers 12-5.

Boston, which trailed 4-3 entering the top of the eighth, batted around in the pivotal inning. The Red Sox scored nine runs off Brewers relievers Matt Bush and Javy Guerra, sending 12 batters to the plate in the eighth at American Family Field.

Designated hitter Justin Turner hit a game-tying solo homer off Bush to lead off the eighth. Yoshida, the cleanup hitter, followed with a blast off Bush, sending his 0-2 curveball over the fence in right field to make it 5-4.

Later in the inning, the Japanese left fielder again stepped into the batter's box ― this time with the bases loaded and two outs. And again Yoshida went deep, crushing Guerra's 0-2 slider into the second deck in right for his third homer of the season. (Watch the game highlight on MLB.com.)

Boston led 12-4 when its big rally ended.

"This is a really good, good day for me," Yoshida said through a translator, according to The Associated Press. "Still, we are in the season, the beginning of the season. I'd like to keep preparing, keep playing hard."

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Author: Ed Odeven

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