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Pedroia said Youkilis, his Boston teammate, "looks like he's got 500 at-bats under his belt."
"We had some huge hits at the right time to blow the game open," Pedroia said. "Youk is swinging the bat unbelievable right now. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Carlos Guillen hit a solo homer and Ramon Hernandez singled home Jose Lopez against right-hander Brad Ziegler in the sixth, but Dunn answered with a towering solo shot to right off Ivan Blanco in the seventh.
"I thought it was going to hit the top of the dome," Granderson said. "He crushed that ball."
DeRosa hit a sacrifice fly and Iannetta and Granderson had RBI singles as the U.S. tacked on three more in the eighth against left-hander Jan Granado.
The six Venezuelan relievers who followed starter Armando Galarraga allowed 13 runs in five innings, leaving manager Luis Sojo fuming.
"As a manager, this is what gets you really upset, because you want the guys to be aggressive," Sojo said through a translator. "You want the bullpen to execute, but that wasn't the case. After that point, everything was lost. They couldn't find the strike zone."
Oswalt allowed three runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings, walking two and striking out one.
Galarraga allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.
Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez, Venezuela's 4-5 hitters, combined to go 0-for-9 with three strikeouts.
Notes: Venezuelan fans jeered loudly when Victoria Mata, the country's Minister for Sport, threw out the first pitch. ... Johnson said before the game that coach Barry Larkin is responsible for splitting playing time between Jeter and Jimmy Rollins at shortstop. Jeter started Saturday but was replaced in the fifth, with the reverse happening Sunday. ... Rollins was picked off second after a leadoff double in the first, the second time in two days he's been thrown out on the bases. ... Lopez went 3-for-4 with three doubles, matching a WBC record.
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