The U.S. offense plated two in the first inning against Mexico right-hander Francisco Arce. A single by Alex Bregman and a double by Carson Kelly put runners at first and second to start the game before a walk to Corey Seager loaded the bases. Matt Olson's sacrifice fly to left was dropped by the left fielder, allowing the run to score and the bases to remain loaded. Albert Almora brought home a run with a fielder's choice to extend the lead to two.
Mexico plated their only run of the game in the second inning, when Angel Resendez singled and scored on a single by Jose Cardona. The single by Cardona was the last hit Mexico would get until the bottom of the ninth inning, as Perez retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced including the final ten in a row to pick up his first victory.
It was Perez who did the damage at the plate in the bottom of the second inning, bringing home a run with an RBI groundout to make it a 3-1 game. The score remained the same until the fifth, when Bregman blasted a towering two-run homer to left field to make it 5-1 in favor of the U.S.
They added two more in the seventh behind RBI singles by Olson and Almora, before pulling away with five runs in the ninth to take a 12-1 lead. Almora plated two with a triple to center field, and came around to score on an RBI single by Chris Okey. Two-out RBI singles by Bregman and Adrian Marin capped off the scoring for team USA, as it remains the only unbeaten team left in the tournament.
Bregman finished the night 5-for-6 with four singles, a homer and three RBIs which ties the 16U record for hits in a game. He is the second U.S. player to tie the record during the tournament, as Almora also had five hits in a game on Oct. 8 against the Dominican Republic. Bregman becomes the third player to reach the mark, which was originally set by Jeff Flaig on Aug. 5, 2001.
Sean Brady tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Perez, before left-hander Troy Conyers shut the door in the ninth while striking out two.
On Wednesday, the U.S. will look to remain unbeaten as they take on Panama, who won their first game of the tournament over Aruba earlier Tuesday afternoon. Game time is set for 10 a.m. ET.