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United States beats China 9-1 in physical game

The U.S. baseball team beat China 9-1 in a game that featured three ejections.
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The United States' Jake Arrieta pitched six shutout innings, striking out seven in the Americans' 9-1 win.Kathy Willens / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The U.S. baseball team beat China 9-1 in a game that featured three ejections.

Jake Arrieta struck out seven in six shutout innings Monday night and Taylor Teagarden and Nate Schierholtz each hit two-run doubles for the U.S.

China’s top player, catcher Wang Wei, was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury following a collision at the plate with Matt LaPorta in the fifth.

After Schierholtz made a hard slide home against backup catcher Yang Yang on a sacrifice fly in the sixth — and Yang was held back from Schierholtz by teammates — China manager Jim Lefebvre was ejected for arguing about the rough play.

Chinese reliever Chen Kun and China pitching coach Steven Ontiveros were tossed when Chen plunked LaPorta in the head to start the seventh.