Korea beats Mexico to stay unbeaten in Classic


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jae Seo pitched 5 1/3 strong innings,
Seung Yeop Lee hit a two-run homer, and Korea beat Mexico 2-1
Sunday night for its fourth straight win in the inaugural World
Baseball Classic.

The game was played before an announced crowd of 42,979 at Angel
Stadium, where 32,896 watched the United States beat Japan 4-3 in
the opener of a day-night doubleheader to begin Round 2. Alex
Rodriguez drove in the winning run for the Americans with a two-out
single in the ninth.

Single games will be played Monday through Thursday to complete
the second round. Korea, 3-0 in the opening round, plays Team
USA on Monday night.

Seo allowed only two baserunners, giving up a solo homer to Luis
Alfonso Garcia leading off the third and a one-out single to Vinny
Castilla in the fourth.

Seo, who threw 61 pitches and struck out four, was relieved by
Dae Sung Koo after retiring Juan Castro to start the sixth. In two
WBC outings, Seo has given up four hits and one run in nine

Koo worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Tae Hyon Chong struck
out all three batters he faced. Chan Ho Park, Korea's fifth
pitcher, worked a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many
chances in the WBC, striking out Geronimo Gil with a runner at
third to end the game.

Lee lined a full-count pitch from Rodrigo Lopez over the fence
in right field in the first for his fourth homer, tying him with
Adrian Beltre for the WBC lead. The 29-year-old Lee is 6-of-14 with
nine RBIs in Korea's four games. Jong Beom Lee singled before
Lee's homer.

Lopez gave up only one baserunner after Lee's homer, but left
after three innings after having thrown 72 pitches -- eight shy of
the maximum allowed in the second round. Elmer Dessens followed
with two shutout innings.