Led by the phenomenal start from A.J. Morris, Daniel Descalso‘s RBI single in the first kept Italy ahead until the sixth inning. In his five-inning start, Morris held Venezuela hitless while striking out five and allowing one walk.
Although Ender Inciarte tied the game at one with an RBI single in the sixth inning, Italy’s John Andreoli regained the lead with a home run in the seventh.
However, after being silenced for nearly the entire game, Venezuela went ahead with three runs in the ninth. Miguel Cabrera started the inning with a game-tying home run that led to Rougned Odor hitting an RBI single to take the lead.
As it turned out, Alcides Escobar‘s sacrifice bunt brought home the game-winning run as Alex Liddi started the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff homer. Regardless, Francisco Rodriguez settled in to earn the save and maintain Venezuela’s lead.