Puerto Rico pulls away from D.R.
Cruz's three RBIs lead the way against powerhouse opponent
Monday, 13 March 2006 3:00:00 PM
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
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Javy Lopez had three hits, including a double that plated Puerto Rico's first run, and he doubled and scored in the sixth on a two-run single by Cruz. An error by center fielder Willy Taveras allowed Cruz to advance to second on the play, and he later scored an unearned run on Alex Cintron's bunt single for a 4-1 lead.
All three of Puerto Rico's runs in the seventh were set up by a one-out error by Dominican Republic second baseman Alfonso Soriano. Jose Valentin followed Cruz's RBI single with a two-run hit that opened a 7-1 lead.
Chicago White Sox right-hander Javier Vazquez started for Puerto Rico and limited the Dominican Republic's All-Star lineup to three hits, including a second-inning solo home run by third baseman Adrian Beltre, his fourth of the tournament.
In five innings of inspired work, Vazquez allowed a lone run on three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, to the delight of local fans who started filing into the stadium two hours before the 9 p.m. local time start and endured a pregame rainstorm.
Puerto Rico improved to 4-0 overall in the Classic, and will face Venezuela on Monday night.