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Netherlands beats Cuba 7-6 to advance at WBC

March 11, 2013

TOKYO (AP) — Kalian Sams drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Netherlands past Cuba 7-6 Monday and advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Sams’ deep fly ball to centerfield off Cuba reliever Diosdany Castillo at Tokyo Dome allowed Andruw Jones to score from third and touched off a wild celebration by the Netherlands.

Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer off Cuba reliever Norberto Gonzalez in the bottom of the eighth to tie it 6-6 just after Cuba had taken a 6-4 lead.

The Netherlands will join defending champion Japan in the March 17-19 championship round in San Francisco.

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