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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