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Revenge win clinches medal-round spot for USA Baseball

Posted by on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:24 PM

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Team USA took advantage of a balanced offense, avenging its only loss of the IBAF World Cup with a 6-3 win over Venezuela in Florence, Italy.

The result clinched for the Red, White and Blue a spot in the tournament's medal round this weekend.

Pedro Alvarez (pictured) ripped his fourth homer of the tournament for the Americans, while Tug Hulett was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and veteran Terry Tiffee added two RBI.

Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the win.

Brad Lincoln (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings in the victory while Team USA's fourth pitcher of the night, Geno Espinelli, picked up his first save.

Team USA is 4-0 in Round 3 because of a 3-0 record against Pool G qualifying opponents, and held a 2 1/2-game lead over Australia, Canada and Chinese Taipei following the win.

The next game is against Puerto Rico on Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EDT) in Florence.

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