Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.
Romo (0-1) entered to a loud ovation from the Mexican fans, but gave up three hits, the last a fly ball by Rizzo to the warning track in left that Mexican outfielder Edgar Gonzalez couldn't handle in the sunlight at Salt River Fields.
Grilli gave up a single, a walk and hit Adrian Gonzalez with a pitch, but closed it out by getting Jorge Cantu on a ground out.
Nick Pugliese (1-0) allowed no hits in 1 2-3 innings.
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