SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ The United States beat Taiwan 5-2 and Japan beat the Netherlands 15-2 Thursday to join Australia and Cuba in the semifinals of baseball's Intercontinental Cup tournament.

On Saturday, Australia, which finished first in the eight-team first round following its 5-1 upset of Cuba on Thursday, will play fourth-place Japan in one semifinal. The United States will play Cuba in the other semifinal.

Brendan Kingman's two-run double in the second and David Nilsson's RBI double in the fifth gave Australia a 3-0 lead over Cuba, a team it had never before beaten.