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South Korea tops Israel 11-1, ending against winery director

South Korea tops Israel 11-1, ending against winery director

Former big league outfielder Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run homer off Pittsburgh front office assistant Jeremy Bleich and scored the game-ending run in South Korea’s 11-1 victory over Israel at the OlympicsBy RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterAugust 2, 2021, 6:36 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleYOKOHAMA, Japan — Former big league outfielder Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run homer off Pittsburgh front office assistant Jeremy Bleich and scored the game-ending run in South Korea’s 11-1 victory over Israel on Monday at the Olympics.Soo, who played for Baltimore and Philadelphia in 2016, homered against Bleich to cap a seven-run fifth inning. Bleich retired in 2019 and prepares advance scouting reports for the Pirates.Soo hit his second double of the game with two outs in the seventh off 42-year-old right-hander Shlomo Lipetz, who will return to his day job at New York’s City Winery after the Olympics. Soo scored on Hye-seong Kim’s single, making this the first game of the tournament cut short under an Olympic rout rule.South Korea (3-1), which had 18 hits, plays the United States or Japan on Wednesday for a berth in the gold medal game. South Korea beat Israel 6-5 in 10 innings in its opener in Japan.Israel (1-3) plays an elimination game Tuesday against the Dominican Republic (1-2).Major League Baseball does not allow 40-man roster players to go to the Olympics, and many teams block top eligible prospects.Ji-hwan Oh hit a two-run homer in the second as South Korea took a 3-0 lead. Baek-ho Kang had four hits.Starter Min-woo Kim allowed two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked a batter in the fifth, and Won-joon Choi walked two batters and hit one, forcing in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Danny Valencia that cut the lead to 3-1.Sang-woo Cho (1-0) retired Ryan Lavarnway on an inning-ending humpback liner to the pitcher.South Korea broke open the game in the bottom half against Chicago Cubs minor leaguer Alex Katz, who was charged with six runs — five earned — in one-third of an inning.Joey Wagman (0-2), released from Oakland’s farm system in 2018, faced 22 batters and gave up three runs, 10 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Monster trade: Dodgers get Scherzer, Turner from Nationals

Monster trade: Dodgers get Scherzer, Turner from Nationals

LOS ANGELES — The World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a monster deal for ace Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, getting the dynamic duo from the Washington Nationals shortly before Friday’s trade deadline.Washington acquired a pair of rookies, right-hander Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz, and two minor leaguers, righty Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.Scherzer had been given permission to speak to the Dodgers to see if he would waive his right to veto any trade, a power he had as a 10-year veteran who has been with his team for at least five years.“Today is heart wrenching as we say goodbye to two of the most accomplished players and two of the best people in our team’s history,” Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in a statement.The deal came with the Dodgers three games behind NL West-leading San Francisco. Los Angeles owns the top spot in the wild-card race, 2 1/2 games ahead of San Diego.With the Major League Baseball trade deadline at 4 p.m. EDT, there had been speculation on Thursday that the Padres would be the winners in the Scherzer sweepstakes.Instead, the Dodgers got real busy. They made a trade early in the day for longtime Kansas City left-handed starter Danny Duffy, then closed in on Scherzer, the biggest prize in this deadline frenzy.The Nationals, who have fallen out of playoff contention, were equally active, making several trades in 24 hours.Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season, and also started the All-Star Game for the National League this month.Scherzer posted a win for the Nationals on Thursday, when he pitched six innings of one-run ball at Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.A three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, Scherzer joins a deep and talented pitching staff that includes Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, David Price and more.Scherzer has a $35 million salary in the final season of a $210 million, seven-year contract and can become a free agent after the World Series. No doubt, the Dodgers are looking right now at far they can go this year with Mad Max on their side.The 37-year-old righty is a fierce competitor, often stalking around the mound in-between pitches, firing up himself and his teammates.Scherzer is 183-97 — including two no-hitters — in a 14-year career with Arizona, Detroit and Washington. He signed a the big contract with the Nationals with the goal of winning a World Series, and he helped bring the franchise its first championship in 2019,Scherzer got a no-decision when he started Game 7 of the title-clincher in Houston. He is 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in postseason play.Turner is a force all over the field, batting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBs, along with 21 stolen bases.Turner is currently out of action after testing positive for COVID-19. He singled and scored in the first inning at Philadelphia on Tuesday night, then was pulled from the game.The 28-year-old Turner was All-Star for the first time this season. He tied a major league record by hitting for the cycle for the third time in his career, doing it last month on his birthday.Turner is a career .300 hitter in seven seasons who also has started in center field and second base in the majors. That would certainly appeal to the Dodgers, who employ a lot of versatile players.He is earning $13 million this season, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2022 World Series.Corey Seager was the Series MVP last year as the Dodgers shortstop. He suffered a broken right hand when he was hit by a pitch on May 15 and has been on the injured list since then.Seager has been at the Dodgers’ spring complex getting back in game shape, and there was talk he could rejoin the club this weekend.Scherzer could take the spot in the Los Angeles rotation that Trevor Bauer held. MLB and the players’ union put Bauer on administrative leave on July 2 under the sport’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.Police and MLB are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the pitcher, and his leave has been extended through Aug. 6.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cabrera, Bautista help Dominicans top Mexico 1-0 at Olympics

Cabrera, Bautista help Dominicans top Mexico 1-0 at Olympics

Melky Cabrera hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth inning, Jose Bautista threw out the potential tying run at home plate and the Dominican Republic beat Mexico 1-0 at the Olympics to even its record at 1-1By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterJuly 30, 2021, 7:13 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleYOKOHAMA, Japan — Melky Cabrera hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth inning, Jose Bautista threw out the potential tying run at home plate and the Dominican Republic beat Mexico 1-0 Friday at the Olympics to even its record at 1-1.Charlie Valerio, a 30-year-old catcher with Sioux Falls in the independent American Association, doubled leading off the inning against Theodore Stankiewicz (0-1), a 27-year-old right-hander who pitched in Boston’s minor league system and now is with Tijuana. Cabrera, a 15-year big league veteran who last played with Pittsburgh in 2019, sliced a single to left.Mexico threatened in the sixth after Isaac Rodriguez reached on a bunt single; a video review reversed the initial out call by the first base umpire. Rodriguez advanced on Valerio’s passed ball, and Joey Meneses singled to left.Bautista, a six-time All-Star who is 40 and made his last big league appearance in 2018, threw a one-hop strike to Valerio for the tag. With two on and two outs, Daniel Espinoza hit a flyout that centerfielder Emilio Bonifacio snagged with a backhand grab on the warning track.Jumbo Diaz walked his leadoff batter in the eighth and Mexico advanced a runner to third with one out before Sebastian Elizalde flied to Bonifacio in short center — pinch runner Jose Cardona held on Bonifacio’s off-line throw — and Meneses flied out.Ángel Sánchez (1-0), a 31-year-old right-hander whose only time in the major leagues was eight games with Pittsburgh in 2018, allowed two hits in five innings. Luis Castillo, a 25-year-old Arizona Triple-A right-hander, got three straight outs for the save, completing a four-hitter.Stankiewicz allowed six hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked one in a nearly empty Yokohama Stadium.The Dominican Republic (1-1) was coming off an opening loss to Japan (1-0) in which it wasted a ninth-inning lead. Mexico was playing its Group A opener.Dominican second baseman Gustavo Núñez injured his left knee in a third-inning collision with Seattle prospect Julio Rodríguez on a flyout by Isaac Rodriguez that the right fielder grabbed as he struck Núñez.Núñez was replaced by Yefri Pérez to start the fourth. Rodriguez felt pain in his lips and chin, manager Hector Borg said, but stayed in the game.Bautista sent a drive just outside the left-field foul pole leading off the fourth, a call upheld by a video review.———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Japan beats US 2-0, turns incredible DP to win softball gold

Japan beats US 2-0, turns incredible DP to win softball gold

YOKOHAMA, Japan — They marched single file onto the podium near shortstop with the blank expressions of the condemned.When silver medals were handed out, they dangled them around each other’s necks like weights.Eyes were red and damp. Perfunctory waves for the cameras were managed. Hands fidgeted with bouquets of sunflowers.Stunned, yes. Heartbroken, yes. Most precisely: devastated.“It stings,” Cat Osterman would say more than two hours later. “I’ve never been on a team that had so much fight.”Just not enough.Japan won its second straight Olympic softball gold medal, beating the United States 2-0 Tuesday night behind 39-year-old Yukiko Ueno in an emotional repeat of the 2008 victory in Beijing.For Osterman and Monica Abbott, it was just like 4,723 days earlier.Only worse. This likely was their final moment on their sport’s grandest stage, which the International Olympic Committee has snatched away until at least 2028.“I challenge the IOC to instate softball as a women’s sport into the Olympic docket on a regular basis,” said Abbott, who pitched a night before her 36th birthday. “It’s been proven that we attract viewers, we’re active on social media. It’s a worldwide sport. It’s played really well in multiple continents and areas of the world, and I think it’s really difficult when you’re in an Olympics and then out of an Olympics, you’re in one and you’re out of one, to continue to build that momentum and engagement for this sport to grow worldwide.”Ueno took a one-hitter into the sixth inning, five days after her 39th birthday, and Japan snuffed out an American rally attempt with an acrobatic sixth-inning double play that will long be replayed.Japan led 2-0 when Michelle Moultrie singled leading off the sixth, and hard-throwing 20-year-old left-hander Miu Goto relieved.Goto dealt Haylie McCleney, the top American hitter at .529, her first strikeout of the Olympics with a 69 mph pitch at the hands, then allowed a single to Janie Reed.Amanda Chidester lined a rocket to third that seemed likely to drive in a run and leave two on. The ball smacked the left wrist of third baseman Yu Yamamoto and ricocheted to perfectly positioned shortstop Mana Atsumi. She stuck out her glove for a backhand spear, then made a Derek Jeter-like jump throw to second baseman Yuka Ichiguchi to double up Moultrie.There have been other 5-6-4 double plays — St. Louis’ Nolan Arenado started one five nights earlier. But off the wrist?“It hits you in the gut,” Osterman said. “If that goes through, we probably tie the game, maybe even go up with just the amount of momentum we would have on that alone.”On a night of a half-dozen web gems, Reed made a leaping catch at the left-field wall to rob Yamato Fujita of a two-run homer in the bottom half.With Goto overthrowing and her pitches flattening, Japan coach Reika Utsugi had Ueno (2-0) re-enter for the seventh, and she retired Valerie Arioto on a flyout, Ali Aguilar on a groundout and Delaney Spaulding on a foulout to the catcher, setting off a celebration on the field surrounded by 34,046 mostly empty seats in Yokohama Stadium.“In your home country, you want to put the pitching legend back on the mound to finish the game for you,” U.S. coach Ken Eriksen said. “And I thought it was a class act.”Atsumi, the No. 9 batter, had a run-scoring infield hit in the fourth inning and Fujita lined an RBI single off Abbott in the fifth.Ueno improved to 9-1 in her Olympic career, allowing two hits, striking out five and walking two.“The coolest thing about her is is that she constantly reinvents herself and attacks hitters in different ways,” Osterman said. “It just proves that the peak age for softball players is not 22. So I think in some ways, I kind of think she’s a softball god. Things always go her way.”Ueno had pitched a five-hitter to win the 2008 gold medal game.“I try not to waste energy and I want to be efficient and I want to control the hitters,” Ueno said through a translator. “Having strikeouts is not the only solution.”Reed tripled off the glove of Eri Yamada and the center-field wall with one out in the first. That was the closest the U.S. came to scoring.Abbott and the 38-year-old Osterman were the last holdovers from the U.S. team that lost to Japan 3-1 in 2008, when Osterman gave up the first two runs and Abbott the last. The U.S. remained stuck at three softball golds after victories of 1996, 2000 and 2004.Ueno allowed two hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings while combining with Goto on a three-hitter.Osterman, who came out of retirement with the goal of adding a gold medal to the one she earned in 2004, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. With six straight right-handed hitters due up in the third, Eriksen replaced the left-hander with 28-year-old right-hander Ally Carda (0-1).Fujita lined a single off the diving attempt of Aguilar at second leading off the fourth inning, was sacrificed to second and took third on a comebacker.Ichiguchi walked, and Eriksen went to the mound with Atsumi coming up. Carda stayed in, and and Atsumi hit a slow two-hopper to second and slid in ahead of Aguilar’s throw as Fujita scored the first earned run against the Americans in this Olympics.“The only thing that I would maybe second-guess,” Eriksen said, “would be the fact that I could have brought Monica in a batter early on the ground ball that was hit, but then again, it was a topped ground ball. … It wasn’t like it was smokin’ Ally.”Yamamoto singled with two outs in the fifth, and Abbott came in and threw a wild pitch, then allowed Fujita to line a single into right for a 2-0 lead.American batters sputtered as they did throughout the Olympics, totaling just nine runs while hitting .216 with four extra-base hits and a .590 OPS. That lack of offense was the reason they watched 15 smiling and bowing Japanese players clutch their gleaming gold medals, gazing at the prizes and holding them up in pride. Japan’s flag was raised on the center pole and “Kimigayo,” the Japanese national anthem, was played.“It was bad luck,” Eriksen said. “Tonight just was not our night.”They thought back to the year delay caused by the pandemic, of not having a team staff from January to June in 2020.“I’m proud of the tournament that we put on,” Abbott said, “and the involvement, engagement and the drama and the excitement that USA softball was able to show to the world on the Olympic stage.”———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Canada wins softball bronze, appeals to IOC to stay for '24

Canada wins softball bronze, appeals to IOC to stay for '24

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Canada had just won its first bronze medal in softball, the high point of the players’ careers, and the reality sunk in that there will be no chance to play in the Olympics again until at least 2028.Dropped by the International Olympic Committee for 2012 and 2016 and restored for this year, softball will be skipped again in 2024.“I think a terrible injustice was done to women’s softball when it was taken out in 2008,” Canada coach Mark Smith said after Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Mexico.“When you look at the parity that was displayed here this week, how close the games were across the board, including Italy, who didn’t win a game, you didn’t know who was going to win until you really got to the last (outs). When you look at other sports, and I’ll use women’s hockey as an example, you know who’s going to win before the tournament starts.”Canada won behind 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief from Danielle Lawrie, the sister of former major leaguer Brett Lawrie. The Canadians asked the IOC to reverse its decision to exclude softball from the Paris Games.“When you look at equity, there’s certainly not as many female athletes at an Olympic Games as there are men’s,” said Smith, Canada’s coach since 2009. “From my perspective, it was absurd that it was ever taken out. I think it’s more than made its case for why it should be in. I believe that had COVID not existed, you would have had packed stadiums to watch this game played. And I don’t know how it’s possible that women’s softball shouldn’t be returned to the Olympic platform and become a core sport because it’s more than proven its value.”This was the seventh of 16 games in the tournament decided by one run. Two others had two-run margins.”I think we’ve really done a great job at building the sport around the world and making it become more competitive,” said Canada’s Kelsey Harshman, who broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.Lawrie (1-1), a veteran of Canada’s 2008 Olympic team and the 2009 and ’10 USA college player of the year at the University of Washington, relieved with runners at the corners in the fifth and retired Victoria Vidales on a groundout. Lawrie struck out four, fanning Brittany Cervantes to end it.In a game played in intermittent light rain, Emma Entzminger put Canada ahead with a two-run single in the second off Danielle O’Toole (0-2), but Mexico tied the score on RBI singles by Cervantes in the third off starter Sara Groenewegen and by Suzy Brookshire in the fifth against Jenna Caira.“There’s so many amazing women that were here this week, and so many other amazing women who weren’t here this week and play this sport,” Caira said.“I hope that we were able to show a little glimpse of that to the world and especially to the IOC, and I hope that they can take that into account of how many eyes are watching and how many female athletes love this sport.”No. 9 hitter Janet Leung beat out an infield single to shortstop leading off the bottom half of the fifth and Victoria Hayward legged out a bunt single. Larissa Franklin sacrificed, and Harshman flied to left, sending Leung home standing up as the throw was cut off.Canada went 4-2, finishing behind the U.S. (5-0) and Japan (4-1). The Americans and defending champion Japan were to meet later Tuesday for the gold medal.Jenn Salling was 8 for 14 with six walks and five RBIs for Canada, which had threatened in the third when Hayward was thrown out at the plate by O’Toole on Harshman’s comebacker.“What you saw today was character and culture step up when it had to and get the job done,” Smith said. “We got a lead. We gave up that lead. We had an opportunity to score a go-ahead run. They made a great play at the plate. That would have been enough for a lot of teams to pack it in.”After the last out, players saluted Canada chef de mission Marnie McBean, their one-woman cheering section in the nearly empty stadium, who won three gold medals in rowing in the 1990s.“That was the best game I’ve been a part of,” Cervantes said. “People now know who we are.”O’Toole’s face was flushed with emotion while she watched the final outs.“Just thinking about alternative outcomes,” she said. “I’m thinking I’d like to throw one more inning. I came out of that last inning and Entzminger hit that popup, and I’m thinking I don’t want that to be my last out here at the Olympics.”———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Lawrie, Regula, sisters of MLBers, pitch 4-hitter for Canada

Lawrie, Regula, sisters of MLBers, pitch 4-hitter for Canada

Canada pitched a big league sister act at Italy in the Olympic softball tournamentBy RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterJuly 26, 2021, 9:09 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleYOKOHAMA, Japan — Canada pitched a big league sister act at Italy in the Olympic softball tournament.Danielle Lawrie, the 34-year-old sister of former major leaguer Brett Lawrie, allowed an unearned run and four hits over three innings in Canada’s 8-1, six-inning victory over Italy on Monday.Regula (1-0), the 39-year-old sister of retired All-Star outfielder Jason Bay, struck out five in three hitless innings.Lawrie credited her parents, Russ and Cheryl Lawrie,“I think the one thing that my dad and mom, mostly my dad, instilled at a young age is just that competitive piece,” Lawrie said. “And Brett and I were constantly battling all the time, whether it was doing the dishes or playing baseball.”For a young kid, we trained a lot. And now that I’m a mom, I don’t know if I would put my kids through that. But it’s also what made the woman that I am today, is that constant grind. I mean, we would go on camping trips and we would be having to go and train at crack — 8 a.m., getting up and going to train. So it’s just the little things that have been instilled in us.”Jason Bay, 42, was a three-time All-Star who batted .266 with 222 homers and 754 RBIs for San Diego (2003), Pittsburgh (2003-08), Boston (2008-09), the New York Mets (2010-12) and Seattle (2013).Brett Lawrie, 31, was a second baseman and third baseman who hit .261 with 71 homers and 253 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-14), Oakland Athletics (2015) and Chicago White Sox (2016).“Brett is as loyal as ever,” Danielle said. “He’s been watching every single game this week on the edge of his seat, so it’s been kind of cool to know that even though he’s out of the game now, he’s still family through and through, and I’m not in this position if it’s not for my family, at all.”Canada will play for the bronze medal on Tuesday.———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Stewart's walk-off HR lifts US over Japan 2-1 for 5-0 record

Stewart's walk-off HR lifts US over Japan 2-1 for 5-0 record

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Kelsey Stewart has a knack for walk-off hits in Japan.Stewart hit a game-ending home run leading off the seventh inning, and the United States rallied late to beat Japan 2-1 Monday and win the Olympic softball group stage — and with it the right to bat last in the gold medal game.“It’s like you dream about when you’re a little kid, about hitting a home run at the Olympics, let alone a walk-off,” Stewart said.In August 2018, Stewart’s single capped a three-run 10th inning off Japan ace Yukiko Ueno that gave the U.S. a 7-6 win at the Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, earning the Olympic berth.She had been 1 for 12 with no RBIs at the Olympics before she drove the 98th pitch from Yamato Fujita (0-1) just over the glove of leaping right fielder Yuka Ichiguchi for the first U.S. home run of the tournament.“She was starting to wear down because she had so many pitches on her arm,” Stewart said.American players ran onto the field to celebrate their second straight walk-off win.“I knew she was strong,” Fujita said through an interpreter, remembering Stewart from 2018. “I think the ball was too easy for her.”Trying to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Japan in the 2008 gold medal game, the Americans finished the group stage 5-0 while Japan dropped to 4-1.Stewart’s first-inning error had led to Japan’s run. She bobbled Saku Yamazaki’s leadoff grounder to third, and following a sacrifice and Hitomii Kawabata’s single, Yamazaki scored on Aubree Munro’s passed ball.Japan rested Yukiko Ueno, the 39-year-old who beat the U.S. in the 2008 gold medal game started by Cat Osterman, and Miu Goto. Fujita and catcher Yukiyo Mine lost track of the outs, starting to run off the field after Michelle Moultrie struck out for the second out of the third.Fujita, a 30-year-old right-hander who had pitched just once before in the tournament, didn’t allow a hit until Haylie McCleney (an Olympic-best 9 for 14) singled to left leading off the sixth.Janie Reed, whose husband, Jake, was claimed by Tampa Bay off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the day, reached on an infield hit with a bouncer to shortstop for just her second hit in 13 at-bats, and Valerie Arioto hit a two-out RBI single.Ally Carda, a 28-year-old right-hander, allowed an unearned run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings in her Olympic mound debut, striking out nine and walking none.Monica Abbott and Osterman had combined to throw all 29 innings in the first four games.“Ally Carda has had tremendous success against them,” U.S. coach Ken Eriksen said of Japan. “Ally was scheduled for this game as soon as the Olympic team was named, because we knew the schedule. … If we had to win this game to get into the gold medal game, Ally Carda was still going to get the ball.”Osterman, a 38-year-old lefty, faced two lefties in the sixth and struck out both.Abbott (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh, adding to two complete game wins and two saves.“It was a great opportunity for us to be able to experience all three pitchers today before the gold medal game tomorrow,” Japan coach Reika Utsugi said through an interpreter.A 6-foot-3 lanky left-hander, Abbott is likely to start the gold medal game scheduled for Tuesday, a day before her 36th birthday. Rain is in the forecast.“I wouldn’t doubt that you might see four pitchers tomorrow,” Eriksen said.CANADA 8, ITALY 1Danielle Lawrie and Lauren Regula, sisters of former Major League Baseball players, combined on a four-hitter in a game shortened to six innings under a rout rule.Larissa Franklin drove in three runs for Canada (3-2), which headed to a bronze medal game against Australia or Mexico.Lawrie, the 34-year-old sister of former major leaguer Brett Lawrie, allowed an unearned run and four hits in three innings. Regula (1-0), the 39-year-old sister of retired All-Star Jason Bay, struck out five in three hitless innings.Jen Gilbert, who had been hitless in seven at-bats, had a go-ahead home run over the center-field cameras in the second. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the 29-year-old Gilbert lives in Denton, Texas.Franklin hit an RBI double in the third, and errors by shortstop Joey Lye and reliever Alexia Lacatena led to three unearned runs in the fifth, which included Franklin’s first sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Jenn Salling, who is 7 for 12.Victoria Hayward hit a two-run double in the sixth and Franklin followed with another sacrifice fly.Greta Cecchetti (0-4) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits in four innings for Italy (0-5), which was outscored 21-1.Erika Piancastelli caused an Italian team celebration when her second hit, an RBI single in the third, drove in the country’s first Olympic run.———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sport

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