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Taiwan beat Netherlands 8-3 in WBC Group B game

TAIPEI -- Dai-kang Yang batted in three runs, including two on a home run, to help pace host Taiwan to an 8-3 victory over the Netherlands in a Group B World Baseball Classic game in Taichung, Taiwan on Sunday.

Taiwan moved to a 2-0 record in the group, putting it in a strong position to advance to the next round in Tokyo.

Yang's two-run homer came during a three-run 6th inning, breaking the game open after Taiwan scored four in the 4th.

Dashenko Ricardo had two RBIs for the Dutch. They went ahead 3-0 in the 2nd after Taiwanese pitchers issued four consecutive passes — three walks and a hit batter.

On Monday Korea plays Australia. It's a must-win for the favorite Koreans, who fell 5-0 to the Netherlands on Saturday.

The team, playing under the name of Chinese Taipei, overcame a 0-3 deficit at the top of the second inning to score a convincing win to frenzied cheers from the capacity crowd at the 19,300-seat Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Central Taiwan.

It was Taiwan's second win in two games, having beaten Australia in Saturday's opener 4-1. The home side will next face South Korea on Tuesday.

The four teams of Group B of the first round are vying for two berths in the next round of the 2013 WBC, to begin in Tokyo on March 8. The team scored four runs at the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-3, to frenzied cheers.

For good measure, the home side added three more runs in the sixth, including two runs batted in by Yang Tai-kang.

The home team made it 1-3 at the bottom of the second after getting into trouble at the top of the inning, giving up three runs to their opponents.

Having retired four batters in a row, starting pitcher Wang Yue-lin walked the next three and was relieved at the top of the second inning.

Pan Wei-lun, the reliever, threw a pitch into the left arm of the first batter he faced, allowing the Netherlands to score the first run of the game with the bases still loaded.

The Dutch went on to take a solid 3-0 lead, but the noisy crowd seemed determined not to let the home side get beaten and the Taiwanese players responded in an emphatic way.

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