MIAMI (AP) — Shohei Ohtani sparked a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff double, and Munetaka Murakami hit a two-run double to send Japan past Mexico 6-5 Monday night and reach the World Classic final. of baseball.
Japan will face the defending champion United States in the championship game on Tuesday.
Ohtani went 2-for-4. The Los Angeles Angels star scored in the seventh when Masataka Yoshida hit a game-tying, three-run homer off reliever JoJo Romero.