SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Miguel Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive home runs for Venezuela on Sunday in an 11-6 victory over Spain that came too late to matter at the World Baseball Classic.
Venezuela, which finished 1-2 in Group C, was eliminated from the competition Saturday night with a 6-3 loss to Puerto Rico. So the win over Spain (0-3) was of little consolation to the South American team that was loaded with major league All-Stars and had been considered a top contender.
Venezuela had more hits Sunday (16) than in its first two games combined. Cabrera went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and scored three runs. Omar Infante also had three hits and Elvis Andrus knocked in two runs.
Cabrera and Sandoval connected in the eighth inning.