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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Cubans hit Americans hard on the baseball field and in the boxing ring, dominating the gold-medal chase Saturday at the Pan American Games.
The Cuban baseball team won its fifth successive Pan Am crown with a 13-9 victory over the United States, hitting three long home runs and rallying from two- and three-run deficits. The victory avenged a 6-4 loss to the Americans last Saturday - a loss that snapped Cuba’s 37-game Pan Am winning streak.
″The Cubans are the best specimens I’ve ever seen in baseball,″ Coach Ron Fraser said.
Cuban boxers beat two more Americans for a pair of gold medals and won five golds out of six available in the ring Saturday.
The United States swept the all-around women’s gymnastics medals. Sabrina Mar surprised national champion Kristie Phillips for the gold. Phillips took the silver and Kelly Garrison-Steves got the bronze.
The American water polo team was more successful with the Cubans, beating them 6-4 for the gold medal.
Collegians Sonia Hahn of Kentucky and Ronni Reis of Miami won women’s doubles in tennis for the United States.
In men’s doubles, Pat McEnroe, younger brother of John McEnroe, teamed with Luke Jensen to give the United States the gold medal with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Agustin Moreno and Fernando Perez of Mexico.
Cuba, lifted by seven golds, passed Canada for second place in the overall medals count with only one day left at these events, which opened Aug. 8.
The United States led with 352 medals, including 162 gold, 113 silver and 77 bronze. Cuba had 164 medals through Saturday, with 69 gold. Canada was four medals behind Cuba.
Forfeited medals offically were reawarded, with the silver medal won by Bill Green of Torrance, Calif., given to an Argentine.
Green insisted that his test was inaccurate because he never never took a banned substance. BASEBALL
The U.S. team had nursed a 9-8 lead provided by Ed Sprague’s leadoff homer in the fifth. But an error by second baseman Ty Griffin, the hero of the earlier win over Cuba, helped the Cubans load the bases in the eighth. Victor Mesa then singled in two runs off relief ace Cris Carpenter and the Cubans added three more in the ninth.
The Americans led 2-0 in the first inning when a severe thunderstorm caused a one-hour delay. When action resumed, Cuba jumped ahead 5-2 in the third. Orestes Kindelan hit a two-run homer and Luis Casanova had a solo shot in the rally.
Back came the Americans with a five-run fourth. Griffin doubled in the first two runs of the inning, Mike Fiore singled in another, Ted Wood’s squeeze bunt produced another and Scott Servais finished the comeback with an RBI single.
But the Cubans weren’t through playing long ball. Omar Linares had a two- run homer and Casanova got his second solo home run of the game in the fifth.
The United States qualified for the 1988 Olympics by winning the silver.
″Our grandiose goal was to win the gold,″ he said. BOXING
Juan Lemus and Manuel Martinez outpointed U.S. boxers Kenneth Gould and Michael Collins in the finals. The victories gave Cuba a 9-2 record in ring matchups with the United States, although U.S. Coach Roosevelt Sanders thought his fighters deserved better.
″They won some bouts, they did a good job,″ Sanders said of the Cubans. ″But in some of the bouts with the Americans, it should have been the other way.″
In addition to Cuba’s five victories, Puerto Rico’s Luis Rolon beat Michael Carbajal of Phoenix for the 106-pound title.
Along with Lemus and Martinez, the Cuban winners were heavyweight Felix Savon, Angel Espinosa at 165 pounds and Julio Gonzales at 132.
″I thought I won,″ Gould said. ″I should have won. I know I won.″
His father, who also is his coach, agreed.
″The problem is, nobody likes the United States,″ Nat Gould said. ″We’re just getting robbed all over the place.″ GYMNASTICS
Mar, 17, of Monterey Park, Calif., scored a record 77.975 points. She became the first American woman to win the Pan Am gold since Ann Carr in 1975.
Mar’s floor routine, to Bruce Springsteen’s ″Born in the USA,″ earned a 9.875. She got the same mark for her double layout with a full twist on the vault.
″This has given me a great boost of confidence, knowing I can hit eight for hit when I want to,″ Mar said.
″It’s given me a good lesson,″ said Phillips, of Baton Rouge, La. ″I gave up too quickly.″ DRUG TESTING
Green, stripped of a silver medal, was one of six athletes disqualified Monday for failing drug tests.
On Saturday, in his first public statement since the action, Green told CBS-TV, ″I have done nothing to cause my disqualification.″
Asked if he used testosterone, the male hormone that in high concentrations can help an athlete add muscle mass, Green said, ″The answer is no.″
Excessive amounts of testosterone are classified as illegal by the International Olympic Committee under the category of anabolic steroids.
Dr. Robert Voy, chief medical officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee, said ″anything over 6-1 (ratio of testosterone in the body) is excessive.″ Green’s test showed an 11.2-1 ratio.
″I have been rather shocked by this whole matter,″ Green, of Torrance, Calif., said.
The United States gained a bronze medal when shooter Greg Appleton of Coppell, Texas, officially moved up, replacing Bernardo Ocando of Venezuela, who also failed a drug test for using beta blockers.
Cuba’s Vicente Sanchez was given a bronze in the hammer throw, while Andres Charadia of Argentina moved up to the silver in place of Green. WATER POLO
James Bergeson of Newport Beach, Calif., who finished the tournament with 12 goals in six games, scored three times in the final. It was the third straight Pan Am championship for the American team and its sixth in the past seven games. VOLLEYBALL
Cuba won the gold medal with a 15-5, 15-4, 15-8 victory over Peru for the women’s gold medal. The U.S. women beat Brazil, 15-11, 16-18, 15-5, 15-9 for the bronze. The Americans avenged a preliminary-round loss to Brazil. BASKETBALL
Venezuela Coach Pedro Espinoza was suspended for one year by COPABA, the governing body of basketball in this hemisphere. The suspension prohibits Espinoza from coaching the team in international competition, although he can still coach in his country.
Espinoza was ejected from Friday night’s seventh-place game against Uruguay with 2:28 to play when he was assessed a tehcnical foul for yelling at the referees. He then threw a chair onto the court, threw a towel at and kicked at one official, tried to grab the ball from the other official, and finally slammed the table at which the technical committee was sitting before he was removed from the playing area.
Puerto Rico won the bronze medal with a 102-100 victory over Mexico. In the women’s bronze medal game, Canada beat Cuba 78-73.