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Cuba's six HRs crush Italy 20-6

Orestes Kindelan set an Olympic record with two more homers and Cuba clinched a medal-round berth by beating Italy 20-6 Saturday.

Cuba (5-0) hit six homers and matched the Olympic record for runs in a game. The game ended after Italy batted in the top of the seventh inning under the 10-run mercy rule.

Kindelan led off the second inning with a homer into the upper deck in leftfield at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a drive measured at 502 feet. The homer was his fifth of the Games.

He hit his sixth into the middle deck in leftfield leading off the third inning for his 13th RBI of the tournament.

Cuba also had three-run homers from Jose Estrada, Antonio Scull and Miguel Caldes, whose shot glanced off the facing of the upper deck. Antonio Pacheco added a two-run homer.

With two games to go in the round-robin tournament, Italy (2-3) still is in contention for one of the four medal-round berths.

Cuba batted around in the second and fifth innings as it reached double digits for the fourth time in five games. Cuba has 79 runs, on pace to beat its Olympic record of 95 during the Barcelona Games, when it went 9-0 and won the gold.

The 79 runs are the most in an Olympic round-robin tournament.

Right-hander Omar Luis is expected to start for Cuba against the United States today.

In other action, Japan stayed in contention for a medal-round berth by hitting four homers _ two in a six-run first inning _ in a 13-6 victory over Nicaragua.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a three-run homer and Tomoaki Sato had a two-run shot off starter Fredy Corea as Japan (2-3) took a 6-0 lead in the first. Yoshitomo Tani added a two-run homer in the second.

Kosuke Fukudome hit a two-run homer to make it 10-4 in the fifth.

Matsunaka had four RBI and Fukudome added three.

Bayardo Davila Montiel singled twice, driving in three runs for Nicaragua (3-2).

Nicaragua remained in third place in the round-robin tournament, which narrows the field of eight teams to four for medal play.

The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes by rain, which fell intermittently during the first few innings.

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