the second baseman Isaac Walls homered and drove in three runs to power Friday’s win for Mexico 5-4 about Puerto Rico to get through to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.
Paredes knocked the ball out of the park in the first inning and then started a three-run rally in the seventh for an impressive Mexican rally that erased a deficit from before taking his first at-bat.
In the first episode, Javy Baez he hit a two-run homer off starter Julio Urías and, immediately after, Eddie Rosario added a solo shot to quickly put the Puerto Ricans up 4-0.
But Mexico responded in the bottom half, with a lone homer from Isaac Walls against Marcus Stroman who approached the Aztecs 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alex Verdugo hit an RBI single, but Yacksel Ríos endured a bases-loaded, one-out jam after coming on for Stroman, and retired the Mexican offense, which scored its second run of the game. .
The Mexican bats were felt in the seventh, when Austin Barnes led off with a double, while Randy Arozarena and Verdugo received back-to-back walks. This causes Alexis Díaz to leave the box, replaced by Jorge López.
Joey Meneses flied out and Rowdy Tellez struck out for the first two outs, and it looked like the Boricuas were going to get away unscathed.
But Paredes attacked again, with a two-run RBI single to tie the game. Luis Urías followed with another hit that put the Mexicans up 5-4, before Alex Trejo delivered the final out with a fly ball to left field.
The victory went to Jojo Romero (1-0) with two retired outs, while Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth for the save.
The loss went to Alexis Díaz (0-1) after carrying three runs in just a third of action in which he allowed one hit and two walks.
By MexicoParedes went 2-for-3, with a home run, three RBIs and one run scored. Urías, 4-2, with an RBI and Arozarena, 3-1, with a run scored.
By Puerto Rico, Báez is 3 for 4, with a home run and two RBIs. Lindor, pair of hits in five at-bats. Rosario, 4-1, with a home run, scored and RBI.