PHOENIX — Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Eric Hosmer had a three-run double in the ninth and the United States beat Canada 9-4 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
The U.S. trailed 3-2 after seven innings before breaking loose. Team USA and Italy advanced in the group while Canada and Mexico were eliminated.
Jones and Hosmer both had a rough week at the plate but came through with the United States on the brink of what would have been a humbling loss. Jones’ hit was his second in nine at-bats. Hosmer was 3 for 13.
Heath Bell pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Jimmy Henderson took the loss.
JAPAN 16, NETHERLANDS 4 (7 INNINGS)
In Tokyo, two-time defending champion Japan hit a record-tying six home runs, scoring in all seven innings to rout the Netherlands and reach the semifinals.
VENEZUELA 11, SPAIN 6
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Cabrera and former Augusta GreenJacket Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive home runs for Venezuela. Both teams were already eliminated for contention.
RED SOX: David Ortiz will be shut down for several days of spring training because of sore left heel, and the club is hoping the break from baseball activities won’t prevent the slugging designated hitter from being ready for Opening Day.
CARDINALS: Manager Mike Matheny left the team and returned to St. Louis for surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
Matheny expects to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against Atlanta in Jupiter.
“There is still a fragment that is stuck in a spot where it’s getting to the nerve and affecting what is going on back there,” Matheny said.
ATHLETICS: Lefty Brett Anderson strained a muscle in his upper right back and left Sunday’s outing against Arizona after facing just two batters.