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USA no-hits Venezuela in softball

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Jennie Finch threw four no-hit innings and Andrea Duran drove in three runs as the United States softball team beat Venezuela, 11-0, in their opener at the Olympics.

Natasha Watley drilled a two-run homer, while Caitlin Lowe and Crystl Bustos added solo shots as the Americans won at the Olympics for a 15th straight time, going back to the 2000 Sydney Games.

Finch had five strikeouts and a pair of walks, and Lowe had three hits to pace the 11-hit attack in the five-inning game. Her homer was an inside-the-parker in the second inning.

Abbott worked the final inning, striking out two, to complete USA's no-hitter. The 11 runs are the most by an individual team at the Olympics.

"We are an explosive team, we can score easily," U.S. coach Mike Candrea said. "It is great to be back on the field."

Johana Gomez was the losing pitcher, allowing six hits and five runs in two- plus innings.

Next up for the U.S. will be a game against Canada on Thursday.

The Canadians beat Taiwan, 6-1, on Tuesday behind three RBI from Megan Timpf.

China topped the Netherlands, 10-2, and Japan edged Australia, 4-3.

08/12 11:24:38 ET


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