Italy rallies for 6-5 win over Mexico at WBC

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Italy's Brian Sweeney (19) and Mexico's Oliver Perez (46) exchange caps prior to a World Baseball Classic baseball game on Thursday, March 7, 2013,

WBC Italy Mexico Baseball

Mexico's Humberto Cota (24) is caught stealing second as Italy's Juan Punto prepares to make the tag during the second inning of a World Baseball Cla

WBC Italy Mexico Baseball

Italy pitcher John Mariotti delivers during the first inning of a World Baseball Classic baseball game against Mexico, Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Sa

WBC Italy Mexico Baseball

Mexico's Adrian Gonzalez (23), Ramiro Pena (19) and Eduardo Arredondo (14) celebrate with teammates after scoring on a double by Jorge Cantu during t

WBC Italy Mexico Baseball

A fan waves the Mexican flag during the second inning of a World Baseball Classic baseball game between Mexico and Italy, Thursday, March 7, 2013, at

WBC Italy Mexico Baseball

Mexico's Karim Garcia (95) strikes out on a pitch by Italy's John Marriotti during the first inning of a World Baseball Classic baseball game, Thursd

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and closer Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the frame to help Italy beat Mexico 6-5 in Thursday's opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic.
Mexico closer Sergio Romo (0-1) entered to a loud ovation, but gave up three hits, the last a fly ball by Rizzo to the warning track in left field that outfielder Edgar Gonzalez couldn't handle in the sunlight at Salt River Fields.
Grilli gave up a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but closed out the game by getting Jorge Cantu on a ground out.
Nick Pugliese (1-0) allowed no hits in 1 2-3 innings to take the win.