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Samsung Lions beat Uni-President Lions 5-4 in Asia Series

2013/11/17 23:25:28

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) South Korea's Samsung Lions edged Uni-President Lions of Taiwan 5-4 in the tenth inning Sunday to finish first in Group A in the baseball's five-nation Asia Series.

The Samsung Lions will next meet the Canberra Cavalry Monday evening in the first game of the semi-finals.

Uni-President Lions, based in Tainan, southern Taiwan will face Japan's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, which finished first in Group B, Tuesday evening.

The Asia Series brings together the winners of the national baseball leagues in Japan, South Korea and Australia. Taiwan is represented by Uni-President Lions, the champions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, and the runners-up EDA Rhinos.

China withdrew from this year's series and is replaced by Unipol Fortitudo Bologna of Italy.

In Sunday evening's game played in Taoyuan, the Samsung Lions scored first in the top of the third inning. Uni-President Lions immediately went ahead to make it 2-1, only to give the lead back to the South Korean side in the next inning.

The guest team added another run in the fifth to make it 4-2 but the home side clawed back by scoring one run each in the seventh and the eighth.

After a scoreless ninth, the home team allowed a stolen base and a hit after two outs to hand the defending champions the lead for good.

In Sunday's other game, Japan's Golden Eagles beat the Calvary 6-3.

The Italian team and Taiwan's EDA Rhinos have failed to make it to the final four.

(By Jay Chen)
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