Canada improves to 4-0 with win over winless Greece

Updated: August 18, 2004, 8:51 PM ET
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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.

Spoljaric, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals, lasted 5 1/3 innings and got the win.

Adam Stern
Canada's Adam Stern makes a leaping grab to rob Greece of a hit. Canada held the Greeks to just four hits Wednesday.
Third baseman Peter Orr, who drove in four runs in Tuesday's win over the Netherlands, had two hits, including an RBI double in the seventh inning.

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.

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