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Cuba edge US on tie-breaker rule

Cuba's Yuliesky Gurriel (left) and the United States' Jason Donald
Cuba's Yuliesky Gurriel (left) and United States' Jason Donald

Defending champions Cuba defeated arch rivals the United States 5-4 via the new extra-innings rule at Wukesong Baseball Field.

The game was 3-3 after 10 innings, but Michel Enriquez hit a two-run double in the 11th inning to seal the win.

Cuba, seeking a fourth Olympic gold from five attempts, improved to 3-0 while the Americans slid to 1-2.

Debutants China stunned Taiwan 8-7, also via the extra-innings rule, to claim their first win of the Games.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater

Hou Fenglian dealt Taiwan a crushing blow by scoring three runs with a line drive to settle the game.

The new tie-break format was adopted this year for international competition in order to shorten games for television.

Teams put runners on first and second base and start from wherever they like in their batting order.

Defeat for the US leaves them struggling to make the semi-finals as only four teams will advance.

In night games, South Korea edged Canada 1-0 after pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin threw a complete-game shutout.

Japan beat the Netherlands 6-0, with Toshiya Sugiuchi pitching seven scoreless innings. Takahiro Arai hit runs in for Japan.

Baseball medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 0 0 1
Men's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forCuba 0 1 0 1
Men's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Team 0 0 1

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see also
Cuba claim win in baseball opener
13 Aug 08 |  Baseball
Baseball player fails drugs test
13 Aug 08 |  Baseball
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Get into Baseball
12 Oct 05 |  Baseball

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