(PHOENIX) — Team USA did not get off to a good start in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead Mexico past the United States, 5-2 in Team USA’s opening game in the tournament at Chase Field.
U.S. (0-1) starter R.A. Dickey gave up four runs in the first three innings and the bats could not help him out. “You want to win the game and certainly we were ready to go out there today,” U.S. manager Joe Torre said. “But they did a better job at what they were doing than what we were doing.”
Mexico (1-1) needed a win after losing to Italy in their first game. “We knew we had to win,” Mexico manager Rick Renteria said. “I don’t know if you’d consider it an upset or not, but we’re relishing in the victory.”
San Fracisco Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong will start for the U.S. on Saturday against the Italians.
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