Dominican Republic beats Puerto Rico 4-2 at WBC

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Dominican Republic's Edwin Encarnacion hits an RBI single off Puerto Rico's starting pitcher Orlando Roman in the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Robinson Cano homered and the undefeated Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 4-2 on Sunday night to win their first-round group in the World Baseball Classic.

The New York Yankees slugger had three hits to help the Dominicans finish 3-0 in Group C. Next, they move on to the second round in Miami, where they will play Group D runner-up Italy on Tuesday.

"We want to get off on the right foot and win the first game," third baseman Hanley Ramirez said.

Puerto Rico took a 2-1 lead on Mike Aviles' two-run homer in the fourth inning, but Cano tied it with a solo shot in the fifth.

Alejandro De Aza doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and Nelson Cruz added an RBI groundout in the seventh. Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless ninth for his second save.

Puerto Rico finished second in the group with a 2-1 record and advanced to face the United States, which won Group D, on Tuesday night in Miami.

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