Team USA's Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., got off to a great start with 483 in their opening game to lead 2016 World Singles champion, Jesper Agerbo and Jimmy Dan Mortensen of Denmark by 57 pins.
Kent and Johnson added 417 in their second game to remain in the lead. Xu and Chen downed 431 to add to their 423 in the opening game to take up second spot, 49 pins behind the American pair. Germany's Oliver Morig and Timo Schroeder shot the highest game in the second to move up to third spot.
As the Amercians managed only 372 in the third game and slipped down to third, the Taiwanese pair continued to make headway with 439 to take over the running. The Germans did better to occupy second spot ahead of United States.