Korea beats Mexico to stay unbeaten in Classic

Updated: March 13, 2006, 5:02 AM ET
Associated Press


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jae Seo pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, Seung Yeop Lee hit a two-run homer, and Korea beat Mexico 2-1 Sunday night for its fourth straight win in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

The game was played before an announced crowd of 42,979 at Angel Stadium, where 32,896 watched the United States beat Japan 4-3 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader to begin Round 2. Alex Rodriguez drove in the winning run for the Americans with a two-out single in the ninth.

Single games will be played Monday through Thursday to complete the second round. Korea, 3-0 in the opening round, plays Team USA on Monday night.

Seo allowed only two baserunners, giving up a solo homer to Luis Alfonso Garcia leading off the third and a one-out single to Vinny Castilla in the fourth.

Seo, who threw 61 pitches and struck out four, was relieved by Dae Sung Koo after retiring Juan Castro to start the sixth. In two WBC outings, Seo has given up four hits and one run in nine innings.

Koo worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Tae Hyon Chong struck out all three batters he faced. Chan Ho Park, Korea's fifth pitcher, worked a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many chances in the WBC, striking out Geronimo Gil with a runner at third to end the game.

Lee lined a full-count pitch from Rodrigo Lopez over the fence in right field in the first for his fourth homer, tying him with Adrian Beltre for the WBC lead. The 29-year-old Lee is 6-of-14 with nine RBIs in Korea's four games. Jong Beom Lee singled before Lee's homer.

Lopez gave up only one baserunner after Lee's homer, but left after three innings after having thrown 72 pitches -- eight shy of the maximum allowed in the second round. Elmer Dessens followed with two shutout innings.

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