Results from Day 7 of the World Baseball Classic, which saw another amazing comeback from Japan and Team USA on the ropes.

Japan 4, Chinese Taipei 3 (10 innings)

Trailing 2-0 and 3-2 and and the possibility of playing in the losers bracket for the first time, Nippon showed the will of a champion as they batteled their way to a 4-3 win over Chinese Taipei in second round action in Tokyo. The 10-inning thriller lasted 4 hours and 37 minutes and showcase a common theme in this year's WBC - another 8th inning collapse by the Taipei pitchers and another 8th inning comeback by the struggling Japanese offense.

Japan's rally in the eighth wiped out another fantastic outing by Taiwanese starter Chien-Ming Wang, who threw six shutout frames to extend his Classic scoreless streak to 12 innings. Wang allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one.

Cruising to a 2-0 lead heading into the 8th inning, the Taiwanese bullpen were due in by the Yomiuri Giants duo of Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto, who delivered RBI singles in their home park to tie the score at 2 in the eighth. After Taipei retook the lead in bottom of the 8th, they were one strike away from advancing to the winners' bracket. But Hirokazu Ibata hit a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Sho Nakata drove in the tie-breaking run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th. Chinese Taipei put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom half, but it couldn't seal the deal against reliever Toshiya Sugiuchi.

With the win, Japan will face the Netherlands with the winner advancing to San Francisco in the WBC semifinals. Chinese Taipei will play Cuba in the elimination game. Both games will be played on Saturday in Tokyo.


Italy 14, Canada 4 (8 innings)

Any thoughs of a letdown after their upset win against Mexico were thrown out the window as Team Italy routed Canada 14-4 in Pool D play in Phoenix, AZ. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Scottsdale, AZ, but the threat of rain moved to game to Chase Field in Phoenix, which has a retractable roof. Chris Colabello went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to power Italy in their 17-hit, mercy-rule onslaught, which moved to 2-0 in Pool D and one step closer to advancing to the second round in Miami. Canada, which didn't make it out of the first round of the previous Classic, in 2009, and had to qualify for entry into this year's tournament, will have to rally over the next two days to avoid suffering the same fate.



Puerto Rico 3, Spain 0

The Puerto Ricans scores 3 runs in the first inning and made them stand througout the game as they held off pesky Spain 3-0 in Pool C action in San Juan, PR. Angel Pagan led off the inning with an infield single that glanced off starting pitcher Sergio Perez's glove, a sign of how things would go for Spain. Pagan came around to score on Carlos Beltran's double. A Mike Aviles sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to No. 8 hitter Carlos Rivera gave Puerto Rico its other runs for the inning. That would be enough for starter Giancarlo Alvarado and the rest of the Puerto Rican pitching staff, which scattered 5 hits and allowed only 2 runners to reach scoring position in posting the shutout. With the win, Puerto Rico improves to 8-2 all-time at home in the WBC.


Mexico 5, USA 2

Reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey couldn't get his knuckleball to dance properly and Adrian Gonzalez belted a 2-run homer in the 4th inning as Mexico bounced back to defeat USA 5-2 in Pool D action in Phoenix, AZ. Dickey, who was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in an off-season trade with the Mets, struggled all night to command his signature pitch as it sat flat in the strike zone, and the Mexican hitters took full advantage of it. Mexico jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning which included an RBI single by Gonzalez. Then in the 4th Gonzalez brought the hammer down on the Americans with his blast to right-center field. The home run was reviewed by replay and was upheld.

The Americans trailed 4-0 and 5-1 and never were really in the game. The Americans could manage only two hits and a run off Mexico right-hander Yovani Gallardo. The Milwaukee Brewers ace struck out four over 3 1/3 innings.

The results sets up a cricial double-header in Pool D. Mexico faces Canada to conclude their play in the pool while USA faces a must-win situation against 2-0 Italy.

Pool C Standings
Dominican Republic 1-0
Puerto Rico 1-0
Spain 0-1
Venezuela 0-1

Pool D Standings
Italy 2-0
Mexico 1-1
USA 0-1
Canada 0-1