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.