REGENSBURG, Germany - Team USA (0-1) gave up four runs in the top of the 11th inning and opened its World Cup title defense with a 13-9 tie-break loss to Venezuela (1-0) in Pool E action of the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup at Armin-Wolf Baseball Stadium in Regensburg, Germany.

Justin Smoak led all U.S. hitters going 4-6 with two home runs, two doubles, and five RBI. Smoak also delivered the game tying double in the bottom of the tenth inning to extend the game.

The U.S. finished with nine extra-base hits, led by Smoak and Buck Coats, who finished 2-5 with a double and a triple. Tug Hulett added a solo home run in the second inning.

U.S. starter Brad Lincoln allowed one run in five innings in a no decision. B.J. Rosenberg gave up a run in his one inning of work and Jason Childers surrendered five runs in his outing.

Nate Field (0-1) suffered the loss for the U.S., allowing four runs on a grand slam by Venezulean leadoff hitter Dirmo Chavez in the top of the 11th inning. Field finished with three strikeouts.

Smoak tied the USA Baseball World Cup Team records for most at-bats (6), hits (4), and home runs (2) in a single game against Venezuela.

Team USA will face host country Germany (1-0), tomorrow, September 11, in game two of Pool E action in Regensburg. Todd Redmond is scheduled to start for the red, white, and blue.

Game Notes:

The attendance was announced at 4,200 for the evening.

Justin Smoak tied the USA Baseball World Cup Team Record for home runs in a single game with two. Eleven other Team USA players have hit two home runs in a single World Cup game; the last was Justin Ruggiano in 2007.

Justin Smoak tied the USA Baseball World Cup Team Record for at-bats and hits in a single game. His six at-bats were the most since Lastings Milledge in 2005 and his four hits were the most since Bryan LaHair, also set in 2005.

Team USA surrendered nine walks in the game, tying the second highest walks allowed in a single USA Baseball World Cup game since facing Nicaragua in 1988.

The game lasted 4 hours and 17 minutes.