Final

Mexico 14

(1-1)

South Africa 3

(0-2)

10:00 PM ET, March 9, 2009

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MEX 102000344 14 16 2
RSA 101000100 3 7 2
W:E. Dessens (1-0)
L:J. Erasmus (0-1)

A. Gonzalez leads Mexico to rout of South Africa

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY -- Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs and a double and drove in six runs to lead Mexico to a 14-3 victory Monday night that eliminated South Africa from the World Baseball Classic.

Elmer Dessens allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings for Mexico, which avoided elimination from Group B and will play the loser of Tuesday's Cuba-Australia game on Wednesday in another elimination game.

Mexico lost 17-7 to Australia in their first game, a shock for the hosts against a team with little international pedigree.

"Losing yesterday helped us a little bit to realize that we can't take things for granted," said Gonzalez. "We feel better now."

Mexico broke open a 3-2 game with three runs in the seventh, taking advantage of a bases loaded walk by Jorge Cantu and a throwing error by first baseman Brett Willemburg.

Gonzalez highlighted a four-run eighth with a three-run shot, his second of the game.

South Africa starter Justin Erasmus allowed five hits and three runs in three innings.

Mexico manager Vinicio Castilla announced after the game that he had lost two key starters, outfielder Alfredo Amazaga and designated hitter Erubiel Durazo.

Durazo fractured a wrist when he was hit by a pitch, while Amazaga hurt his knee against the Australians on Sunday and was ordered by his major league team, the Florida Marlins, to withdraw from the Classic.

"They are two very important ball players," said Castilla. "They are two big losses to the Mexico team."


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Game Information

Game Time: 3:33
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind: 12 mph
Umpires: Home Plate - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Seok Hwan Oh, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Seong Hoon Moon