Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer, Adam Dunn and Ryan Braun added solo shots and the United States powered its way into the second round of the World Baseball Classic by beating Venezuela 15-6 on Sunday night.
Chris Iannetta and Mark DeRosa each had four RBIs for Team USA,
which broke it open with an eight-run sixth inning and finished
with 16 hits. Youkilis scored four times.
Every U.S. starter had at least one hit except for third baseman
Chipper Jones, lifted in the sixth because of a mild strain on his
side. Jones, who is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in the WBC, will
be evaluated again Monday.
Florida reliever Matt Lindstrom worked 1 1-3 perfect innings for