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U.S. wins rain-shortened game against Netherlands

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 through seven innings and the United States Olympic baseball team earned a 7-0 rain- shortened win over the Netherlands.

Strasburg allowed just one hit and walked one as the U.S. rebounded from a tough 8-7 loss to South Korea the previous night.

Matt LaPorta belted a three-run homer and Matt Brown added a solo shot. Jason Donald had three hits and an RBI.

The game was called with the Netherlands having the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, causing players on the losing team to vent a little.

"Every run we score against the USA is important and anything is possible," said catcher Sidney de Jong. "With the bases loaded and no outs, we may score eight or we may score three, but everything you take into the next game is important."

That wasn't the case though for USA manager Davey Johnson.

"I'm not good at waiting and neither are my guys, but I'm glad they called it when they did," said Johnson. "When you're down seven to zip your chances of scoring against my pitching staff is not very good."

Brown homered to start the second inning, and the U.S. added four more runs in the fourth. Terry Tiffee doubled to begin the frame and Brown walked. With one out, LaPorta homered. Donald doubled in a run later in the inning.

The Americans added another run on a wild pitch in the seventh and Dexter Fowler had an RBI groundout in the eighth.

Next up for the USA is a game against Cuba on Friday. Cuba has lost only three games in Olympic baseball history.

The Cubans nearly lost Thursday night, but pulled out a 7-6 victory over Canada.

Down 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Alexander Malleta and ALfredo Despaigne hit two-run homers.

The Canadians got a run back in the eighth, but couldn't muster a hit in the ninth.

In the other game of the evening, Japan got four runs in the ninth inning to pull away and beat Chinese Taipei, 6-1.

The game between Korea and China was postponed by rain.

08/14 12:25:02 ET


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