China rallies to beat Brazil at World Baseball Classic

03/05/2013 07:29 EST | Updated 05/05/2013 05:12 EDT
Ray Chang drove in two runs Tuesday and China rallied with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Brazil 5-2 in Group A of the World Baseball Classic at Fukuoka, Japan.

Brazil led 2-0 in the eighth, but China scored its first run on a bases-loaded walk before Chang hit a soft fly ball to left field that scored two and gave the Chinese a 3-2 lead.

China added two more runs on bases-loaded walks before Lu Jiangang recorded the final out.

With the win, China improved to 1-2 and earned a spot in the next Classic, while Brazil (0-3) will be forced to qualify for the next tournament.

Japan plays Cuba on Wednesday in the final game of Group A.

Both teams have already advanced to the March 8-12 second round at Tokyo Dome.