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The injury-plagued Americans also lost Chipper Jones for the rest of the tournament. He was scratched from the designated hitter spot before the game after he aggravated a strain in his right side.
The Netherlands contributed the defensive gem of the game. With the bases loaded, first baseman Randall Simon fielded a grounder to his right. Spinning as he fell onto his back, he threw a three-hopper to the plate for a forceout and a place in the WBC highlight reel.
Marlins right-hander Rick VandenHurk (0-1), pitching in his home ballpark as the Dutch starter, lasted only two innings and allowed three runs, one earned.
Roberts singled in the first and scored the Americans' first run on a sacrifice fly by David Wright. Team USA added two unearned runs in the second when right fielder Dirk Van't Klooster dropped a two-out fly for a two-base error and Rollins homered.
Rollins and Roberts hit back-to-back RBI triples in the fourth. Roberts, needing a home run to complete the cycle, walked with the bases loaded in the fifth and walked again in the seventh.
Team USA led 8-0 before Yurendell DeCaster doubled in the Netherlands' first run in the seventh.
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