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Spain rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to edge out Germany 4-3 on Friday evening on the second game day of the final round in Brno, Czech Republic. With the win Spain has a chance to win the bronze medal on Saturday against France. Germany is out of the race for the top three.
The team of manager Greg Frady had the better start. Harry Glynne kept Spain scoreless through the first four innings. In the fourth he got a 2-0 lead to work with when Maik Ehmcke hit a two-out two-run single. One inning later Max Boldt hit a solo home run to extend the advantage to three runs. Even though Spain got on the board in the bottom of the frame, Germany looked poised to win the game.
Luke Sommer had replaced Glynne at the beginning of the fifth. He and Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez were on the mound in the eighth, when Spain turned the score around. Franklin Tavarez got them within a run with a RBI single through the middle. With two outs Daniel Sanchez, who is playing for the Solingen Alligators in Germany, connected for a two-run double to the fence in right field.
Eric Gonzalez picked up the win after throwing a pair of scoreless innings in relief of Leslie Nacar. The ace of the Tenerife Marlins struck out seven in seven innings. Marquez-Ramirez got charged with the loss.
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