Canada improves to 4-0 with win over winless Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- After four games, Canada remains the only undefeated team in the Olympic baseball tournament.
Former major leaguer Paul Spoljaric and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to give Canada a 2-0 victory over winless Greece.
When the tournament began, Canada manager Ernie Whitt -- himself a former major leaguer -- admitted his team needed to get off to a strong start because of its tough closing schedule in group play.
The Canadians have done just that, building a one-game lead over Japan (3-1), which suffered its first loss of the tournament, a 9-4 setback to Australia.
Former Milwaukee Brewers catcher Dave Nilsson had three hits for Australia (2-2), which had 15 hits. Nilsson belted a two-run homer in the eighth.
Japan faces Canada on Friday.
The Netherlands (2-2) kept Italy winless with a 10-4 pounding. Designated hitter Sharnol Adrianna belted a two-run homer and Chairon Isenia had three hits.
Gold medal favorite Cuba rebounded from Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Japan by defeating Chinese Taipei, 10-5.
Cuba (3-1) got three hits from Osmani Urrutia and a solo homer from designated hitter Eriel Sanchez in the second inning. Chinese Taipei is 2-2.