US goes 10 innings to beat Cuba, 3-2

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 04:45 hrs

Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly scored Taylor Sparks in the top of the 10th inning and the United States beat the Cuban national team 3-2 Friday night.

The win was the second extra-inning victory in consecutive nights for the Americans over Cuba in Game 2 of a five-game exhibition series.

The series continues in Omaha for one more game before shifting to Cary and Durham, N.C., for the final two games Monday and Tuesday.

Team USA went ahead in the fourth inning after Indiana's Schwarber scored from third on a fielder's choice by Matt Chapman against right-hander Freddy Alvarez.

Chapman's single in the bottom of the 11th won Game 1 of the series Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cuba came right back in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out against USA starter Luke Weaver. He got out of the inning with minimal damage after a sacrifice fly by Yunior Paumier scored Yasmani Tomas, and an RBI-single by Lorenzo Quntana plated Yulieski Gourriel to give Cuba a 2-1 advantage.

The Americans tied the game in the seventh. Austin Cousino hit a one-out, stand-up triple off the right-field wall. He scored when second baseman Jose Fernandez was unable to handle a sharp ground ball by Grayson Greiner and was charged with an error.

Weaver left after six innings having allowed five hits and two runs while striking out five and walking one.

UC Irvine's Sparks singled in the ninth and stole second before taking third on a fielder's choice. But Trea Turner of North Carolina State fanned to end the inning.

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