Venezuela tops Nicaragua 4-1 in WBC, is 3-0 in group play

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Venezuela's Luis Rengifo (1) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the fifth inning of a World Baseball Classic game against Nicaragua. Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

MIAMI – Eugenio Suárez and Anthony Santander had two hits each as Venezuela beat Nicaragua 4-1 on Tuesday and improved to 3-0 in the World Baseball Classic.

Venezuela clinched Group D and reached the quarterfinals when the Dominican Republic defeated Israel later in the day.

Suárez’s two-run single capped a three-run fourth inning that overcame a 1-0 deficit. Andrés Giménez’s run-scoring single tied the score, and Suárez lined a ball to right-center that scored Santander and Giménez.

Santander added an RBI double in the fifth.

José Ruiz got the win, pitching two perfect innings of relief. Carlos Hernández, José Quijada, Silvino Bracho and José Alvarado followed and limited Nicaragua to four hits over the final five innings.

Brandon Leyton’s RBI groundout against starter Eduardo Rodriguez put Nicaragua ahead 1-0 in the second.

Rodriguez allowed seven hits and struck out three in two-plus innings.

Venezuela closes pool play in Group D against Israel on Wednesday.

Nicaragua finished 0-4 in its first WBC and must participate in qualifying for the 2026 tournament. The Nicaraguans hit .192 and were outscored 22-4.


PHOENIX (AP) — Alexis Wilson had the go-ahead single in the seventh inning that helped Mexico edge Britain.

Mexico improved to 2-1 in Group C while Britain fell to 1-3. Mexico got a great start from Taijuan Walker, who pitched four scoreless innings while striking out eight. Giovanny Gallegos worked the ninth to earn the save.

Britain tied it 1-all in the sixth on B.J. Murray Jr.'s run-scoring single. Right-handed Tahnaj Thomas took the loss after giving up Wilson's single in the seventh.

The final day of Group C play on Wednesday will feature two important games. The winner of Canada-Mexico advances to the quarterfinals, while the United States can also advance if it beats Colombia.


MIAMI (AP) — Manny Machado homered, singled and drove in three runs as the Dominican Republic improved to 2-1 and clinched the top spot in Pool D for Venezuela.

AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez and Eloy Jiménez each had two hits for the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic finished with 15 hits against seven Israel pitchers — the last a two-run double by Jean Segura that ended the game in the seventh because of the tournament’s mercy rule.

Jiménez gave the Dominican Republic a quick lead with his run-scoring single in the first.

Machado’s solo shot and Ketel Marte’s RBI double in the third made it 3-0. Machado hit a slider from reliever Evan Kravetz 437 feet into the pavilion above left-center for his second homer of the tournament.

The Dominican Republic broke it open in the sixth. Rodriguez doubled in two runs and Machado followed with a two-run single.

A night after not getting a baserunner against Puerto Rico in an eight-inning loss, Israel had its only runner in the third, when Spencer Horwitz hit a leadoff single against starter Roansy Contreras.

Genesis Cabrera got the win in relief.

The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico play for the second spot in the group Wednesday.


PHOENIX (AP) — Otto Lopez hit a three-run homer, Noah Skirrow threw five quality innings and Canada shut out Colombia.

Canada led 1-0 going into the eighth, but Owen Caissie had a two-out RBI single to push the lead to 2-0. Lopez’s three-run shot in the ninth gave them an even bigger cushion.

Canada’s pitching staff gave up just five hits and one walk, bouncing back from a 12-1 loss to the United States on Monday.

Colombia’s Oscar Mercado had two hits. Adrian Almeida took the loss, giving up one run over three innings.

Canada first baseman and Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman left the game in the fourth inning because of a hamstring injury. He ran gingerly out of the batter’s box after popping up in the third.

Freeman wasn’t expected to play Wednesday against Mexico, Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. Whitt said Freeman’s exit was precautionary.

Canada improved to 2-1 in Group C, while Colombia is 1-2.


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