Omar Vizquel

U.S. beats Venezuela in World Baseball Classic with a pair of late homers

U.S. beats Venezuela in World Baseball Classic with a pair of late homers

The good people of San Diego just lost their NFL team. They’re not going to have much of a baseball team to cheer for this summer.

No better time for a hometown hero.

With the United States six outs from what would have been an ominous loss to Venezuela, Adam Jones hit the home run that tied the score and ignited a three-run eighth inning. After failing to score for the first six innings — five of them against Felix Hernandez — the U.S. scored four times in its final two at-bats for a 4-2 victory Wednesday in the World Baseball Classic.

A loss would have dredged up the ghosts of a tournament the U.S. never has won, what with the next two U.S. games against the teams...

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