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U.S. tops Japan in softball's Japan Cup

SENDAI, Japan -- The U.S. softball team avenged its loss to Japan.

Stacey Nelson gave up one run and three hits over seven innings Saturday as the United States beat Japan 6-1 in the Japan Cup softball tournament.

The game was a rematch of the gold medal game at the Beijing Olympics, which Japan won 3-1.

Nelson struck out four in a 97-pitch effort as the Americans improved to 3-0 in the preliminary round of the four-nation tournament.

Molly Johnson hit a grand slam in the first inning when the U.S. team scored five runs off starter Tomo Yasufuku.

The U.S. and Japan will face off again in Sunday's final.