Baseball: Japan seals WBC quarterfinal berth as S. Korea beats Czechs

Japan clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday as South Korea's 7-3 win over the Czech Republic guaranteed a top-two finish in Pool B for Hideki Kuriyama's men.

Japan has won three games in a row and will wrap up its pool play against Australia (2-0) later Sunday at Tokyo Dome. South Korea and the Czech Republic are tied at 1-2, while China remains winless after three games.

Samurai Japan will play its quarterfinal game Thursday at Tokyo Dome against the winner or runner-up of Pool A, which is based in Taichung, Taiwan.

For South Korea, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman singled in two runs to cap a five-run first inning. San Diego Padres shortstop Kim Ha Seong hit solo home runs in the second and seventh innings.

Park Se Woong held the Czechs to just one hit and struck out eight over 4-2/3 innings.

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