Dany Betancourt gave up four hits in 8 1/3 innings and Cuba won its eighth straight Baseball World Cup with a 3-0 shutout of South Korea on Saturday.
It was the 24th title for Cuba since the competition began in 1938. South Korea was the last team to beat Cuba in the World Cup, in 1982.
Cuba, which won the Olympic gold medal last year in Athens, scored on back-to-back singles by Frederich Cepeda and Ariel Pestano with two outs in the fourth.
In the fifth, South Korea’s Sung Kwui Yun walked two and then gave up a run on a wild pitch before being replaced. Rudy Reyes singled in Cuba’s third run in the sixth inning.
Reliever Pedro Luis Lazo came on for Cuba with one man on and one man out in the eighth, and promptly got Ki Nam Park to ground out into a double play to end the inning. He then retired the last three batters in order for the save.
Panama finished third in the tournament, with a 7-6 win over the Netherlands earlier Saturday in Haarlem.