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SAPPORO, Japan – Matt Shoemaker upstaged Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani as the Major League Baseball All-Stars beat Japan 3-1 on Tuesday in the final game of their five-game series.
Shoemaker, who finished second to first baseman Jose Abreu in American League rookie of the year voting, held Japan to two hits over five scoreless innings as the All-Stars won the last two games after losing the first three.
The All-Stars scored two runs in the third inning off Otani, who didn't perform up to expectations.
Lucas Duda doubled to center, advanced to third on a single by Alcides Escobar and, with Jose Altuve batting, scored on a passed ball. Escobar, who advanced to third on the passed ball, then scored on Altuve's ground out.