Suguru Kanamori homered twice and drove in four runs for Japan, which plays South Korea for the title on Saturday. Japan lost 4-2 to South Korea on Wednesday.
Takeuchi allowed one hit, Juan Garza’s leadoff homer in the first, in 3? innings. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate in the five-inning game.
Japan also got a solo homer from Hayato Ueshima in the first inning.
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