Venezuela will play Italy in a one-game tiebreaker Monday night, with the victor advancing to the second round.
"We qualified here basically because of an out that (Mexico) did not get (against Italy)", Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said.
Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0. Because the Italians walked off in the 9th inning with the victory before any outs were recorded, it technically does not count towards Mexico's "defensive inning" count, while the runs scored by Italy do count.
Dominican Republic infielder Carlos Santana (41) slides safe at home as Colombia catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) fields a ball in the eleventh inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park.
Gonzalez was the biggest MLB star on Mexico's WBC roster, and has played in every edition of baseball's global tournament. "We were in limbo until we got word that we were going to play and tonight we were shut down for six innings, but we kept on fighting".
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After news trickled out that it was Venezuela, not Mexico, that would advance to Monday night's game, a protest was filed by the Mexican team, but to no avail. One of them runs up the aisle, like a regular person. The designated hitter then hit a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 10-0.
Quiroz's shot capped a five-run third inning, and Laird connected in the fifth.
Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs.
Yusmeiro Petit took the loss after giving up five runs and three hits in two innings.