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Israel beats Taiwan 15-7 at World Baseball Classic


              Israel's Nate Freiman hits a three-run home against Taiwan's pitcher Lo Kuo Hua during the 9th inning of their first round game of the ...

              Israel's pitcher Dean Kremer, right, celebrates his team's victory with catcher Nick Rickles against Taiwan after the first round game ...

              Taiwan's Chang Chih Hsien hits a single against Israel's pitcher Corey Baker during the 4th inning of their first round game of the Wor...

              Israel's catcher Ryan Lavarnway (36) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run homer against Taiwan's pitcher Chen Kuan Yu ...

Israel's Nate Freiman hits a three-run home against Taiwan's pitcher Lo Kuo Hua during the 9th inning of their first round game of the ...

Israel's pitcher Dean Kremer, right, celebrates his team's victory with catcher Nick Rickles against Taiwan after the first round game ...

Taiwan's Chang Chih Hsien hits a single against Israel's pitcher Corey Baker during the 4th inning of their first round game of the Wor...

Israel's catcher Ryan Lavarnway (36) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run homer against Taiwan's pitcher Chen Kuan Yu ...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Nate Freiman added a three-run shot in the ninth to help Israel beat Taiwan 15-7 Tuesday and improve to 2-0 in the World Baseball Classic.

Israel's batters chased Taiwan starter Chun-Lin Kuo from the game before he could secure his third out, opening the top of the first with four straight hits and tagging Kuo for four runs in the frame.

Corey Baker went 4 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. The 27-year-old right-hander is in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization and reached Triple-A last season.

Israel had 10 different players record a hit, including four players with three hits and two others with multiple hits. Freiman drove in four runs, Tyler Krieger drove in three, and Ike Davis and Lavarnway each contributed two RBIs.

After beating Pool A host South Korea and Taiwan in its first two games, Israel would clinch a spot in the second round with a win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.


Updated : 2021-03-09 19:17 GMT+08:00