Canada beats Colombia 5-0 at World Baseball Classic, Freeman leaves game with injury

PHOENIX — Otto Lopez hit a three-run homer, Noah Skirrow threw five quality innings and Canada shut out Colombia 5-0 Tuesday at the World Baseball Classic.

Canada led 1-0 going into the eighth inning, but Owen Caissie had a two-out, RBI single to push the lead to 2-0. Lopez's three-run shot in the ninth gave them an even bigger cushion.

Canada's pitching staff gave up just five hits and one walk, bouncing back from a 12-1 loss to the United States on Monday.

Colombia's Oscar Mercado had two hits. Adrian Almeida took the loss, giving up one run over three innings.

Canada first baseman and Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman left the game in the fourth inning because of a hamstring injury. He ran gingerly out of the batter's box after popping up in the third.

Canada improved to 2-1 in Group C, while Colombia is 1-2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2023.

The Canadian Press