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Baseball: Japan beats Taiwan for 6th straight Women's World Cup title

VIERA, Florida (Kyodo) -- Powerhouse Japan blanked Taiwan 6-0 in the final to capture its sixth straight championship in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup on Friday.

    Iori Miura and Yuki Kawabata drove in two runs apiece and Nozomi Abe had an RBI single as five-time defending world champions Japan took a 3-0 lead through the second inning and never looked back at USSSA Space Coast Stadium.

    Japan ace Ayami Sato yielded six hits and hit a batter over five strong innings to set the pace, and Akino Tanaka worked the next two innings for the save. Sato, who earned her third win, was named the MVP for the third time in as many tournaments.

    "There were some tough games but the team fought as one in the end and did a superb job," Japan manager Megumi Kitta said.

    "They have the skills, and it's my job to figure out how to best utilize that," she said.

    Japan finished the Aug. 22-31 competition featuring 12 teams with a clean 9-0 record, extending its World Cup winning streak to 30 games.

    In the bronze medal game, Canada defeated the United States 8-5 in 10 innings.

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