South Korea wins game, loses WBC tiebreaker

South Korea outlfielder Lee Jin-Young (35) congratulates third

South Korea outlfielder Lee Jin-Young (35) congratulates third baseman Kang Jungho (16) after hitting a two-run homer against Taiwan in the eighth inning of their World Baseball Classic first-round game at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. (March 5, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Jungho Kang hit a two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the 8th inning to give South Korea a 3-2 victory over Taiwan in a World Baseball classic Group B game on Tuesday, but the South Koreans missed out on a spot in the next round because they lost a tiebreaker against the Netherlands.

Taiwan, Korea and the Netherlands all finished the group with 2-1 records. But Taiwan and the Netherlands advanced on a run differential tiebreaker. Australia finished at the bottom of the group with an 0-3 record.

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Kang's home run came off former Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Hung-Chin Kuo, who gave up all three runs in the 8th.

Dai-Kang Yang had two singles for Taiwan and drove in a run.

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