Hosts Japan beat the United States 2-0 in the baseball final to claim the gold medal at the Tokyo Games staged here Saturday at the Yokohama Stadium, south of the capital of Tokyo.

In the third inning, Japan’s Murakami Munetaka hit a one-run homer to help Japan take a 1-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the 8th inning, Japanese Yoshida Masataka advanced to second base while Yamada Tetsuto advanced to third base. On a throwing error made by the USA’s center fielder Yamada helped Japan score one more run to nail a 2-0 victory.

Kai Takuya of Japan competes during the baseball final between Japan and the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Yokohama, Japan, Aug. 7, 2021. Image: Xinhua

It is Japan’s first Olympic gold in baseball since the sport was officially included in the program at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Over the past five editions of the Olympics, Cuba claimed the title three times, while the USA and South Korea each won gold once.

In the bronze medal game earlier in the day, the Dominican Republic beat South Korea, the gold medalists at 2008 Beijing Games, 10-6 to take bronze.

Players of Japan celebrate during the baseball final between Japan and the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Yokohama, Japan, Aug. 7. Image: Xinhua

XINHUA | YOKOHAMA, Japan

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