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World Baseball Classic: U.S. erupts late to beat Canada, advance

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 10:10 p.m. CDT
United States closer Craig Kimbrel (right) and Jonathan Lucroy celebrate the final out of a 9-4 victory over Canada in the final pool-play game of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday in Phoenix. With the victory, the Americans advanced, and Canada was eliminated.

PHOENIX – Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, and the United States beat Canada 9-4 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Down to their last several outs, the U.S. trailed 3-2 after seven innings. Eric Hosmer had a three-run double in the ninth.

“It is just an unbelievable feeling and when you hear the crowd chant ‘USA’ and the other crowd chanting ‘Canada,’” Hosmer said.

Team USA and Italy advanced in the group. Canada and Mexico were eliminated.

Heath Bell pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Jimmy Henderson took the loss.

The U.S. rallied from a 2-0 deficit the day after overcoming the same deficit in a 6-2 victory over Italy.

Canada’s Michael Saunders, of the Seattle Mariners, hit a two-run homer off starter Derek Holland and was chosen the Group D MVP, going 8 for 11 in the tournament.

The United States finished group play tied with Italy at 2-1 but gets the No. 1 seed because of its 6-2 win over Italy. The U.S. meets the loser of Sunday’s Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico game Tuesday in Miami.

David Wright, whose grand slam lifted the U.S. past Italy Saturday night, doubled and walked three times. Ben Zobrist had three hits, none of which left the infield.

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