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Cuba rallies, keeps its win streak going

The Big Red Machine of amateur baseball needed one of its greatest comebacks to keep its incredible streak alive.

Cuba blew an early five-run lead Sunday night, fell behind a run in the top of the 10th, then rallied in the bottom of the inning for an 8-7 victory over Japan.

The Cubans won the game but lost their invincibility after rolling to a 6-1 lead in the second. Their pitchers hit four batters and got a 521-foot homer from Orestes Kindelan, but couldn't put Japan away.

When Omar Ajete gave up a run in the top of the 10th on a double-play grounder, the crowd at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium cheered the upset in the making.

But Cuba wound up holding the postgame celebration a few minutes later, scoring twice to preserve Cuba's unbeaten record in the Olympics.

Earlier, Italy pulled off the first upset of the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 behind the pitching of Roberto Cabalisti.