Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Colabello went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, four RBI and three runs scored, as Italy crushed Canada, 14-4, at the World Baseball Classic.
Mike Costanzo almost hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, but the play was reviewed and called a ground-rule double. A pair of runs scored on the play. Mario Chiarini followed with an RBI single to cap off a five-run inning, and the mercy rule was used.
Chiarini ended with three RBI and a run scored for Italy, which improved to 2-0 in Pool D play. Drew Butera added two RBI.
Alex Maestri (1-0) got the start for the Italians and gave up one run on three hits over three-plus innings.
Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored for Canada, which fell to 0-1 in Pool D play. Adam Loewen and Pete Orr each knocked in a run.
Shawn Hill (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings in the start for Canada.
With the score tied at 1-1, Italy scored four runs in the third. Alex Liddi stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs. His run-scoring single to left preceded Colabello's three-run blast to left.
Chiarini's sacrifice fly in the fifth made it a 6-1 contest. Loewen got the run back for Canada in the sixth on an RBI groundout.
The Canadians got two more runs back in the seventh, but Italy responded with three runs in the home half.
The Italians put the game away with five runs in the eighth.
Italy will next face Team USA, while Canada will play Mexico. Both games are scheduled for Saturday.
03/08 18:11:49 ET