TOKYO — Israel had not played from behind during its magical run at the World Baseball Classic until Sunday, when it overcame an early one-run deficit to beat Cuba, 4-1, in the first game of the second round of the tournament.
The victory kept Israel undefeated in its first W.B.C. appearance and pushed the team one step closer to a berth in the semifinal round in Los Angeles.
As in its first-round games in Seoul, South Korea, Israel relied on scrappy at-bats and excellent starting pitching from its ace, Jason Marquis, the 15-year major leaguer who last played in 2015, with the Cincinnati Reds. Marquis pitched five and two-third innings, gave up four hits and struck out four batters. His only mistake came in the second inning when Alfredo Despaigne, Cuba’s cleanup hitter, hit a first-pitch home run to left center field.
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