Americans out front early en route to World Cup title
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The United States won baseball's World Cup for the first time since 1974, ending Cuba's streak of nine straight titles with a 6-3 victory Sunday as Jayson Nix and Jason Jaramillo drove in two runs each.
U.S. starter Brian Duensing, a Minnesota Twins' prospect, was backed by a 5-0 lead but was chased when Alfredo Rodriguez hit a two-run single with two outs in the fifth.
The Angels' Steven Shell (1-0) followed with hitless relief until Yulesky Gourriel doubled with two outs in the eighth and scored on Alexander Mayeta's single.
Oakland's Jerry Blevins got the final out of the eighth and retired the leadoff batter in the ninth, then U.S. manager Davey Johnson brought in Cleveland's Jeff Stevens for the final two outs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' Delwyn Young, Tampa Bay's Justin Ruggiano and Philadelphia's Jaramillo put the Americans ahead with consecutive singles in the second, chasing Yadel Marti after 1 1/3 innings. Norberto Gonzalez relieved and walked St. Louis' Colby Rasmus and Colorado's Nix with the bases loaded, giving the United States a 3-0 lead.
Jaramillo doubled in a run in the fourth, and Nix homered leading off the fifth to make it 5-0. Ruggiano added an RBI single in the seventh.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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