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Hot Japanese pitchers force Game 5

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It's all coming down to one last game.

Japanese pitching combined for 14 strikeouts, leading the home team to an 8-3 win over USA Baseball's National Team in Game 4 of their 37th annual Collegiate Friendship Series in Tsuruoka.

The result meant Thursday's Game 5, at 5 a.m. (EDT) at Tokyo's Jungu Stadium, will determine the winner of the series.

The Japanese took a 3-0 lead off UCLA's Trevor Bauer (1-1). Takahiro Araki hit a two-run single in the first and Shota Ishimine added an RBI single in the second.

Tennessee's Blake Forsythe (pictured) made it 3-1 with an RBI single in the third, but the Americans would get no closer.

Shingo Kamegai's two-run homer in the fourth was the biggest hit for the winners.

Nao Higashihama got the victory in relief.

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