Jones, Hosmer lead US past Canada, move up in WBC

By: BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer
By: BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) - Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Eric Hosmer had a three-run double in the ninth and the United States beat Canada 9-4 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Down to their last several outs, the U.S. trailed 3-2 after seven innings before breaking loose. Team USA and Italy advanced in the group while Canada and Mexico were eliminated.

Jones and Hosmer both had a rough week at the plate but came through with the United States on the brink of what would have been a humbling loss. Jones' hit was his second in nine at-bats. Hosmer was 3 for 13.

Heath Bell pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Jimmy Henderson took the loss.

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