From combined dispatches
BEIJING | Angela Hucles scored a goal in each half to lead the United States to a 4-2 win over Japan and another Olympic final against Brazil.
The U.S. team had to rally from an early deficit after Japan’s Yukari Kinga opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Hucles tied the game from six yards out in the 41st minute.
Lori Chalupny put the Americans ahead after beating two defenders in the 44th.
Heather O’Reilly added to the lead with a long-range shot in the 70th minute, and Hucles closed the scoring Monday in the 80th with a crossing shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto by surprise.
Japan scored again with Eriko Arakawa in injury time.
Defending Olympic champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor of the United States will play for another gold medal after advancing to the championship game with a straight-sets victory over Brazil.
The Americans beat Renata and Talita 21-12, 21-14 for their 107th consecutive victory on Tuesday, clinching at least a silver medal. The United States has now reached the podium in all four Olympic tournaments since beach volleyball was added to the games in 1996.
On the men’s side, Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser reached the men’s semifinals after beating Germany 21-13, 25-23.
The other U.S. team, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, lost to the defending Olympic champions from Brazil.
The United States beat China 9-1 in a game that featured three ejections.
Jake Arrieta struck out seven in six shutout innings, and Taylor Teagarden and Nate Schierholtz each hit two-run doubles for the United States.
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 Steve Ontiveros were tossed when Chen plunked LaPorta in the head to start the seventh.
The United States scored all of its runs in the first inning in a 9-0 win over China, leaving the Americans two wins from another gold medal.
Their win streak is up to 23. Two more and they will garner another gold before their sport goes off the docket until at least 2016.
The U.S. men’s team wrapped up pool play a perfect 5-0, beating winless Japan in three sets.
This was its second game with coach Hugh McCutcheon back on the sideline. He missed the first three matches after his in-laws were attacked at a tourist spot in Beijing.