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Ruggiano's HRs lead U.S. past Taiwan at world cup

11/14/2007 - MLB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Justin Ruggiano hit a tie-breaking,
three-run homer in the seventh inning and added a solo home run in
the ninth to lead the United States to a 10- 7 win over Taiwan on
Wednesday and the top seed in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The U.S. team finished 6-1 in group play, and takes on South
Korea on Friday in an opening quarterfinal game.

Ruggiano finished with three hits, five RBIs, two runs scored
and a walk, while Evan Longoria was 3-for-5 with a home run.

Taiwan scored a run in the ninth inning and had the bases loaded
before U.S. manager Davey Johnson brought on reliever Chris Booker
to record the final two outs. Starter Josh Outman went the first
five innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits with eight
strikeouts.

Also Wednesday, the Netherlands surprised Cuba 2-1 -- the Cubans
first loss in the World Cup since 2001 -- and advanced to the
quarterfinals.