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Big seventh inning powers Japan to victory

Updated: March 19, 2006, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

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SAN DIEGO -- After falling short in their first two meetings, Japan beat South Korea when it mattered most.

Byung-Hyun Kim gave up another big home run Saturday night, a two-run shot by pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome in the seventh inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent Japan to a 6-0 victory in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Koji Uehara pitched seven shutout innings for Japan, which will play Cuba for the championship Monday night at Petco Park. ...

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