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Italy rallies for 6-5 win over Mexico at WBC
By JOHN MARSHALL
Associated Press
2013-03-08 07:20 AM
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.

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