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WBC: South Korea 3, Taiwan 2

March 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM   |   Comments

TAICHUNG, Taiwan, March 5 (UPI) -- Jungho Kang hit a two-run home run to finish an eighth-inning rally Tuesday that gave South Korea a 3-2 win over Taiwan at the World Baseball Classic.

Kang's home run pulled South Korea even with Taiwan and the Netherlands at 2-1 after round-robin play but tiebreaking procedures advance Taiwan and the Netherlands, leaving South Korea out of the WBC second round.

Australia, the fourth Pool B team, wound up 0-3, including a 4-1 loss to the Netherlands earlier Tuesday.

Taiwanese pitching held South Korea to five hits over seven shutout innings but the Koreans reached reliever Kuo Hung-Chih (0-1) for three runs on three hits in the eighth.

Lee Seung-yeop started the South Korean rally with a double and scored on Lee Dae-ho's base hit. Kuo got two outs but Kang lined an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run home run and 3-2 lead.

Jang Won-sam Jang (1-0), South Korea's fifth pitcher in the game, pitched the eighth inning in collecting the win. Oh Seung-hwan Oh needed just seven pitches to get the final three outs and the save.

Yang Dai-kang scored a run in the third inning and knocked in one in the fourth to account for the South Korean scoring.

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