U.S. team rebounds to beat Japan at World Cup

OKLAHOMA CITY — Valerie Arioto doubled in the tiebreaking run and followed it with a grand slam to power the United States to an 8-4 victory against rival Japan on Saturday night at the World Cup of Softball.

The Americans (3-1) bounced back from a loss to Canada earlier in the day to secure a crucial win for their hopes of reaching Monday night's championship game and pursuing a fifth straight World Cup title.

Arioto, who also drove in the tiebreaking runs in America's 5-2 win against Australia a night earlier, came up with two more huge two-out hits against the 2008 gold medalists. She smashed a ground rule double to left field to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead in the fifth, then broke it open the next inning with a drive that didn't need a bounce to clear the left-field fence.

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