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U.S. rallies to beat Canada in baseball

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Brian Barden and Terry Tiffee hit back-to- back RBI doubles in the seventh inning to boost the United States Olympic baseball team to a 5-4 win over Canada.

The U.S. rallied from a four-run deficit to even their record at 2-2 going into a rest day. They return to action on Monday against China.

Barden went 2-for-4 with a homer. The solo blast came in the fourth inning when the Americans plated two runs to start their comeback.

"We needed every game," said Barden. "You don't know how it's going to turn out. All you can control is going out there and playing good baseball."

Brian Duensing retired 10 of the final 11 batters in relief to pick up the victory.

Chris Robinson had three of the 10 hits for Canada, but they blew a 4-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings.

"We've been having trouble getting the early lead," said USA manager Davey Johnson. "The same thing happened against Korea. We were behind against Cuba and came back, but we had to have this one. The guys showed a lot of character coming back."

Emmanuel Garcia tripled in a run during a two-run third, but Barden led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer, and John Gall singled in a run later in the inning.

Tiffee doubled in Dexter Fowler in the fifth before the U.S. went ahead in the seventh. Lou Mason drew a walk and moved to second on a Jason Donald sacrifice bunt. With two down, Barden doubled to left field to the game, and then Tiffee followed by doubling to left-center off former major leaguer Rheal Cormier.

Duensing allowed only one hit and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings of work.

Also Saturday, Frederich Cepeda homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, as Cuba beat Taiwan, 1-0. The Netherlands beat China, 6-4, and Korea scored three times in the ninth inning to topple Japan, 5-3.

08/16 11:29:15 ET


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