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South Korea put the game out of reach with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of two costly errors by China to take a 9-0 lead at Tokyo Dome. South Korea starter Yoon Suk-min got the win after striking out four and holding China to two hits over six innings.
South Korea was set to play defending WBC champion Japan on Monday to determine the top team in Pool A. Japan earned a place in the second round at San Diego with a 14-2 win over South Korea on Saturday.
China, managed by former major league skipper Terry Collins, was eliminated from the tournament.
Cuba 8, South Africa 1
At Mexico City, Frederich Cepeda hit two of Cuba's tournament-record six homers in its WBC opener.
The previous home run record for the WBC was four, set by the Dominican Republic against Venezuela in the inaugural tournament in 2006.
Norge Luis Vera allowed two hits and struck out six in six shutout innings for Cuba, which finished second in the first WBC. The 37-year-old right-hander did not allow a hit until the fifth.
Cuba wasted no time taking advantage of Mexico City's thin air.
Cepeda connected against Barry Armitage with two outs in the first, Alfredo Despaigne hit a two-run shot in the second and Cepeda added his second solo drive in the third.
Hector Olivera, Youlieski Gourriel and Yoennis Cespedes also hit solo shots for Cuba.
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