US beats Venezuela in World Baseball Classic with a pair of late homers – Los Angeles Times

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 that faced off for the last WBC title. So the Americans did not wait for the end of the game to exhale and celebrate.

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