Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Venezuela exploded for nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings en route to eliminating Italy with a 10-1 drubbing in World Baseball Classic play at Rogers Centre.
Bobby Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Lopez and Ramon Hernandez all went deep in a five-run fifth with Lopez' blast accounting for two runs.
Endy Chavez had three hits and two runs batted in while Cabrera also collected three hits with two runs scored.
Magglio Ordonez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Venezuela, which advanced out of the pool to the second round and will take on the United States for the grouping's top seed on Wednesday.
Venezuela bounced back from a 15-6 loss to Team USA on Sunday, when both Cabrera and Ordonez combined to go 0-for-9 with three strikeouts.
Enrique Gonzalez took the mound for Venezuela and tossed four scoreless frames, fanning three to get the win.
Jack Santora picked up the Italians' lone RBI and walked twice, as the team left 11 runners on base, including seven in scoring position with two outs. Italy produced just six hits and whiffed seven times.
Italy stayed alive with a stunning upset of Canada on Monday after getting shut out by Venezuela to open the tournament. It finished 10th at the inaugural Classic in 2006.
Adam Ottavino pitched well in his three-inning start, allowing just one hit and walking one while fanning three.
Tiago Da Silva took the loss after surrendering four runs -- two earned -- on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Kasey Olenberger came on and was charged with three runs on three hits, retiring just one batter.
Carlos Guillen doubled in a run to start the scoring and a Nick Punto error later in the fourth plated two runs. Chavez then chased Da Silva with a sacrifice fly, and a combination of Olenberger and B.J. LaMura gave up four homers in the fifth.
03/10 20:59:17 ET