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Cuba gets first win in WBC, Yoan Moncada gets three hits

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- In Group A, Cuba beat Panama 13-4 as Yoán Moncada and Yadil Mujica drove in four runs each.

Cuba pounded out 21 hits and picked up its first victory in the World Baseball Classic after losing its first two games in Group A. Cuba beat Panama 13-4.

Panama led 4-2 after two innings, breaking out with four runs in the second inning, keyed by a two-run homer by Ruben Tejada. But Cuba scored four runs in the sixth, five in the seventh and two more in the eighth for the lopsided victory.

Yoan Moncada was 3 for 5 with four RBIs, and Yadir Drake went 4 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Cubans.

Drake had an RBI single in a four-run sixth, Moncada followed with a go-ahead, two-run single that chased loser Matt Hardy and Luis Robert had a run-scoring single for a 6-4 lead.

Moncada added a two-run single in a five-run seventh and walked with the bases loaded in a two-run eighth.

Luis Miguel Tejada was the winning pitcher and Matthew Hardy picked up the loss for Panama.

Both teams a 1-2 in Group A play.

Here are the World Baseball Classic Group A standings.

Team W L PCT
Netherlands 2 0 1.000
Italy 1 0 1.000
Cuba 1 2 .333
Panama 1 2 .333
Chinese Taipei 0 1 .000

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