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Japan 8, Puerto Rico 1

July 26, 1996

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Haruka Saito hit three home runs and drove in seven runs today to power Japan to an 8-1 victory over Puerto Rico in Olympic softball.

Saito hit a grand slam in the fourth, a two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the seventh for Japan (4-2) in the round-robin, eight-team tournament. Puerto Rico fell to 1-5.

The left-handed hitting Saito, batting .350 (7-for-20), has four home runs and nine RBIs overall.