Hometown favorite Adam Jones hit a tying home run to lead off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three batters later as the United States rallied to beat Venezuela, 4-2, on Wednesday night in the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
Hector Rondon (0-1) started the eighth for Venezuela and Jones, who played at Morse High about 8 miles east of Petco Park, homered to right-center to tie the score, 2-2.
Hosmer hit a solo homer and an RBI single in the American League‘s 4-2 win at the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego.
Pat Neshek (1-0), who had a brief stint with the Padres in 2011, worked the eighth for the win.
Hernandez scattered three singles, struck out three and walked none.
King Felix made it through two heart-stopping moments in the first. He appeared to tweak something in his right leg while fielding Jones’ swinging bunt and throwing to first base for the second out.
After being checked by a trainer and throwing two warmup pitches, Hernandez stayed in the game. Yelich then hit a comebacker that knocked Hernandez’s glove off. With a befuddled look on his face, the pitcher picked up the ball and threw out Yelich to end the inning.
The Americans threatened only once against Hernandez, and failed to come through. He gave up three straight singles to Lucroy, Alex Bregman and Ian Kinsler with one out in the third before Jones grounded into a double play.
Rougned Odor homered with two outs in the seventh for a 2-0 lead for Venezuela, which beat Italy, 4-3, in a tiebreaker game in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Monday night to advance out of Pool D.
Odor homered to right off David Robertson. Knowing it was gone, the Texas Rangers second baseman clapped his hands as he broke out of the box. On Monday night, he hit a high drive to left-center and stood and watched as it bounced off the top of the wall and back into play for a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning.
Ender Inciarte had a sacrifice fly in the third for Venezuela.
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