(Phoenix) Canada lost 10-3 to Mexico on Wednesday and will need a miracle to extend their World Baseball Classic adventure.
Randy Arozarena hit two doubles and drove in five runs, while Rowdy Tellez scored and added two RBIs as Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals.
Canada had a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time in its history with a win. They are now unlikely to avoid being knocked out of the group stage for the fifth consecutive time.
A US victory over Colombia on Wednesday night will eliminate Canada. If Colombia causes the comeback, the three countries will meet with 2-2 records.
The tiebreaker winner would be the one with the fewest runs allowed divided by the number of successful defensive outs in games against the other tied teams. Canada would find itself in a difficult position given their 12-1 loss to the United States on Monday.
Mexico opened the tournament with a shock loss to Colombia in Group C at Chase Field. He bounced back well with three consecutive wins, beating the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
José Urquidy allowed two runs in four innings, striking out five for the win. Arozarena, the 2021 All-American Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays, hit a double that cleared the bases in the sixth inning to give Mexico a 6–2 lead.
Canada leadoff batter Édouard Julien had two hits, including a home run in the seventh inning. Receiver Bo Naylor also scored. Rob Zastryzny suffered defeat after giving up three runs in straight sets.
Canada finished the group stage with a 2-2 record, having beaten the United Kingdom and Colombia and lost to the United States and Mexico.