United States 2, Mexico 0

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones homered off new Braves teammate Oscar Villarreal Tuesday as the United States beat Mexico 2-to-nothing in the World Baseball Classic.

Jones' smash was one of two big swings that got the U-S off to a successful start in the Classic -- along with a parade of strong arms.

Derrek Lee also homered, while Jake Peavy and six relievers combined on a four-hitter for Team U-S-A.

Lee hit a 1-1 pitch from starter Rodrigo Lopez over the right-field fence and Jones homered on the first pitch he saw in the tournament. With one out in the seventh, Jones tagged Villarreal with a blast that went almost 400 feet to the seats in left-center at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The 24-year-old Villarreal and another young reliever, Lance Cormier, were acquired by the Braves in December in the deal that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks.

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