Colombia changed a suffered and worked victory against Mexico 5-4, in extra inning, to get his first victory in the World Baseball Classic, in Phoenix (Arizona, USA).
Mexico went ahead in the fourth inning on Isaac Paredes’ RBI single. The Colombian response was very strong, in the fifth: a double by Elías Díaz prompted the tie and then, a two-run home run by Reynaldo Rodríguez put Colombia ahead on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the fifth, Colombia changed their pitcher: Nabil Crismatt gave way to Jhon Romero. And the Mexicans greeted it with a two-run home run by Randy Arozarena to tie the game.
Another single by Reynaldo Rodríguez in the top of the seventh allowed Colombia to go ahead on a run by Jorge Alfaro, who had doubled in his turn.
Mexico tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh, with Alex Verdugo’s RBI single to allow Alek Thomas to get another run.
The game went to extra inning and in the tenth, a groundout by Gustavo Campero did not find Mexican shortstop Luis Urías standing well, who dropped the ball. Thus, Alfaro scored the winning run for Colombia.
Colombia will have a rest day this Sunday and will return to the diamond this Monday, when they will have to face Great Britain on the same stage. The team is in group C, which is completed by the United States and Canada.