Puerto Rico 4
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7:00 PM ET, March 13, 2013
Puerto Rico rallies, eliminates Italy from World Baseball Classic
MIAMI -- With the score tied and two outs, Puerto Rico's Alex Rios kept running from second base.Rios scored the go-ahead run without a play, and the Puerto Ricans rallied to oust Italy from the World Baseball Classic with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.The Puerto Ricans went hitless in their first 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position but still overcame a 3-0 deficit to score once in the sixth inning and three times in the eighth."With the lineup we had, it was a matter of time before we started scoring," Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Everybody was putting a little pressure on themselves. The coaching staff had to take it and make it seem like we were calm."
Crasnick: Feel-good Italian run ends
Italy was six outs away from advancing in the World Baseball Classic, but Puerto Rico answered with a late rally that prompted big-league second guessing, Jerry Crasnick writes. Story
SS Jurickson Profar has been added to the Netherlands' roster. He replaces INF Yunel De Caster, out with a strained plantar fascia.
|5th||A Rizzo doubled to deep right center, A Granato, N Punto and C Denorfia scored.||3||0|
|6th||C Rivera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Y Molina scored, M Aviles safe at third on error by shortstop A Granato.||3||1|
|8th||M Aviles grounded into fielder's choice to second, C Beltran scored, Y Molina out at second.||3||2|
|8th||L Figueroa hit sacrifice fly to center, M Aviles scored, A Rios to second.||3||3|
|8th||A Gonzalez reached on infield single to shortstop, A Rios scored.||3||4|
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|Weather:||71 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Paul Hyham, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Edgar Estivison|