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China vs. Japan
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Classic combo: Pitching, clutch hitting lift Japan

Japan 5, China 2

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Recap: CHN 2, JPN 5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CHN
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 2
JPN
0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 x 5 6 0

Propelled by a strong start from Kenta Maeda and a four-run outburst in the fifth capped by Yoshio Itoi's bases-clearing double, Japan improved to 2-0 in pool play. China broke through for two runs on two of their three hits in the ninth.