Netherlands beats Australia 4-1 in WBC

Associated Press
Australia's shortstop James Beresford, left, is forced out at second as the Netherlands' shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first for a double play in the sixth inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Netherlands won 4-1. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer helped give the Netherlands a spot in the next round of the World Baseball Classic with a 4-1 victory over Australia on Tuesday.

The win gave the Dutch a 2-1 record in Group B and made sure they will play in the second round in Tokyo. Schoop's homer capped a three-run second inning for the Dutch.

Starting pitcher Robbie Cordemans allowed two hits in five innings.

Host Taiwan faced South Korea later Tuesday in a game that will determine which of the two teams advanced to Tokyo. Australia finished at 0-3.

Brad Harman had a ninth-inning drive to left for Australia with two on that was snagged on the warning track by Randolph Oduber, preserving the Dutch win.

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