Eddie Rosario finished a home run shy of the cycle, Carlos Correa, Yadier Molina and T.J. Rivera all homered, and Puerto Rico blasted Venezuela 11-0 in Jalisco, Mexico, on Friday night in the Pool D opener for both teams.
Puerto Rico (1-0), the defending tournament runners-up, dominated so thoroughly the game was called after seven innings due to the mercy rule.
Correa and Molina helped blow it open with solo shots in a three-run sixth inning, and Rivera's two-run bomb capped a six-run seventh and officially ended the game.
Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo (1-0) was dominant over 5.1 shutout innings. The Mets righthander retired 16 of 17 batters, allowing only a fourth-inning single to Miguel Cabrera, and struck out three.
Felix Hernandez (0-1) gave up two hits and two runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss for Venezuela (0-1). His early departure after throwing 51 pitches to get just eight outs put strain on an already-thin Venezuela pitching staff, and it showed.
Venezuela will try to bounce back against Italy on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Puerto Rico continues play Saturday against Mexico at 9:30 p.m. ET.