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US goes 10 innings to beat Cuba, 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2013 at 12:09 am •  Published: July 20, 2013
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Americans are working overtime against Cuba, and succeeding.

Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly scored Taylor Sparks in the top of the 10th inning and the United States beat the Cuban national team 3-2 Friday night.

The win was the second extra-inning win in consecutive nights for the Americans over Cuba in Game 2 of a five-game exhibition series.

Along with the RBI in the 10th, Schwarber went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

He said he was looking to get a pitch up in the zone and hit it far enough to get the go-ahead run home, but that wasn't the pitch he got from Cuba reliever Diosdani Castillo.

Still, he was able to drive it about 360 feet to center field.

"He threw a fastball down, and I had to drop the head on it. I just missed it, but it got out there far enough," Schwarber said.

Sparks began the 10th on second base under international rules for extra innings in which runners are placed at first and second to start each inning.

Team USA starter Luke Weaver of Florida State went six innings and gave up five hits and two unearned runs, striking out five and walking one in a no-decision.

USA and TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said he liked the way Weaver attacked the plate against a good-hitting Cuban squad.

"Luke was outstanding. I thought he was really, really good," Schlossnagle said. "He had a good fastball and a good changeup. He had a good breaking ball. He deserved a better fate for sure."

David Berg of UCLA got the win in relief, while Noelvis Entenza took the loss for Cuba.

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