Perez hurt in col­li­sion be­fore rally

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASE­BALL -

All-star catcher Sal­vador Perez was in­jured in a home-plate col­li­sion with Drew Butera, his backup with the Kansas City Roy­als, and Venezuela ral­lied to beat Italy, 1110, on Satur­day in the World Base­ball Clas­sic on Mar­tin Prado’s 10th-in­ning dou­ble in Guadala­jara, Mex­ico.

Italy’s Butera stum­bled into Perez to end the ninth in­ning with the score tied at 10. Butera ap­peared to try to limit his con­tact with Perez but still fell into his left knee, and Perez strug­gled to put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.

“Sal­vador has a loose knee, and he’s go­ing to go to the clinic for X-rays to see if ev­ery­thing is fine,” Venezuela Man­ager Omar Vizquel said. “Right now, he’s a ques­tion mark for [Sun­day’s] game.”

Tigers re­liever Fran­cisco Ro­driguez was also in­jured on the play. The Venezue­lan right-han­der made a re­lay toss to Perez, then fell to the ground. It was un­clear what his in­jury was.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning to put Venezuela ahead 10-8.

Prado, who plays for the At­lanta Braves, brought home Hous­ton’s Jose Al­tuve with his hit to cen­ter field.

The Venezue­lans trailed 5-0 after four in­nings but stayed alive in the WBC, im­prov­ing to 1-1 in Group D. Venezuela was elim­i­nated in the first round four years ago.

Puerto Rico (1-0 en­ter­ing Satur­day’s late game against Mex­ico) is the group leader. The Ital­ians (1-1) are in sec­ond with a bet­ter run dif­fer­en­tial, while Mex­ico (0-1) is third. The top two teams ad­vance to the next round.

Venezuela will play against Mex­ico on Sun­day, and Italy will face Puerto Rico.

COLOM­BIA 4, CANADA 1: Colom­bia man­aged to re­bound after wast­ing a lead and los­ing its WBC opener to the United States.

Julio Teheran al­lowed a run­scor­ing sin­gle in the first to At­lanta team­mate Fred­die Free­man, then re­tired his fi­nal 13 bat­ters in a win over the Cana­di­ans in Mi­ami.

The Colom­bians had led the United States by two in the sixth be­fore los­ing, 3-2, in 10 in­nings.

Dono­van Solano had a pair of RBI sin­gles, with the first driv­ing in brother Jhonatan Solano from sec­ond base in the third in­ning. The lat­ter scored Tito Polo with two outs in the fifth against Ryan Kel­logg for a 2-1 lead.

Colom­bia (1-1) can ad­vance to the sec­ond round with a win over de­fend­ing cham­pion Do­mini­can Repub­lic (1-0 en­ter­ing Satur­day’s late game against the United States) on Sun­day.

Canada (0-2), which opened with a 9-2 loss to the Do­mini­cans, plays the U.S. (1-0) on Sun­day.

Former Cy Young Award win­ner Eric Gagne, now 41 and nine years re­moved from his last big league ap­pear­ance, re­lieved Canada’s Rowan Wick with the bases loaded in the sixth and forced in a run with a walk to Jhonatan Solano. Gagne al­lowed one hit and struck out two in 21/3 in­nings.

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