(Phoenix) Canada lost 10-3 to Mexico and was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday.
Randy Arozarena hit two doubles and drove in five runs, while Rowdy Tellez homered and added two RBIs for Mexico, which advanced to the quarterfinals.
Canada had the chance to qualify for the quarter-final round for the first time in its history with a victory. However, they were knocked out in the group stage for the fifth time in a row.
Mexico opened the tournament with a surprising loss to Colombia in Group C at Chase Field. It recovered well with three straight wins, beating the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
José Urquidy allowed two runs in four innings, striking out five at bats for the win. Arozarena, the 2021 All-American Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays, hit a double that cleared the bases in the sixth inning to give Mexico a 6-2 lead.
Canada’s leadoff batter Édouard Julien hit two hits, including a homer in the seventh inning. Receiver Bo Naylor also homered. Rob Zastryzny took the loss after giving up three runs in two sets.
Canada finished its tournament with a 2-2 record, having won against Great Britain and Colombia. The Maple Leaf’s other loss came against the United States.