- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

MIAMI (AP) - Jake Peavy lasted only two innings, and Team USA could soon be gone, too.

With an embarrassing 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico that was stopped early because of the mercy rule, the Americans are once again on the ropes in round two of the World Baseball Classic.

Carlos Beltran and Felipe Lopez homered, and Puerto Rico rocked Peavy for six runs to send the U.S. team into the loser’s bracket. The Americans face the Netherlands in an elimination game Sunday night.

Ivan Rodriguez, playing in Miami for the first time since he helped the Marlins win the 2003 World Series, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to hike his WBC average to .600 (9-for-15). The game ended in the seventh inning because of the tournament’s 10-run rule.

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