Posted: Mon March 11, 2013 12:31AM; Updated: Mon March 11, 2013 12:30AM

Puerto Rico falls to Dom. Republic, will face USA in Round 2

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Mike Aviles and Puerto Rico finished 2-1 in Pool C play and will face the U.S. in the second round.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- 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.

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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