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WATCH: Japan blanks U.S. to win softball gold in Tokyo

July 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Members of the Finesse Fast Pitch team cheer on Team USA Softball as fans gather in the outfield of USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium to watch the Olympic gold medal softball game between the United States and Japan on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mandatory Credit: Chris Landsberger-USA TODAY NETWORK
July 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Members of the Finesse Fast Pitch team cheer on Team USA Softball as fans gather in the outfield of USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium to watch the Olympic gold medal softball game between the United States and Japan on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mandatory Credit: Chris Landsberger-USA TODAY NETWORK

Host Japan shut out the United States softball team 2-0 on Tuesday to capture the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama.

Yukiko Ueno took a one-hitter into the sixth inning, when Japan made a key defensive play to preserve the lead.

With two on and one out, Amanda Chidester smashed a rocket down the third-base line. The ball ricocheted off third baseman Yu Yamamoto’s arm and right to shortstop Mana Atsumi, who made a backhand grab for the out and a jump throw to second base to double off the runner.

Atsumi drove in the game’s first run with an infield hit in the fourth inning. Yamato Fujita made it 2-0 with a two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Ueno allowed two hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings.

Canada defeated Mexico, 3-2, to win the bronze, its first-ever medal in the sport.

–Field Level Media