Dominican Republic 3
United States 1
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7:00 PM ET, March 14, 2013
Dominicans use rally in 9th, best U.S. to reach WBC semis
MIAMI -- Horns honked, percussion pulsed and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win.The visiting team on the scoreboard, the Dominican Republic made itself at home by beating the United States 3-1 Thursday night to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic.Pinch-hitter Erick Aybar singled home Nelson Cruz with the go-ahead run in the ninth for the Dominicans, who improved to 5-0. The Dominican Republic is assured of a spot in the semifinals beginning Sunday in San Francisco, where two-time defending champion Japan and the Netherlands already have advanced.
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Jose Reyes (7) and the rest of the Dominican Republic team were sky high after knocking off Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday night.
|1st||E Hosmer walked, B Phillips scored, J Mauer to third, G Stanton to second.||0||1|
|2nd||H Ramirez homered to left (451 feet).||1||1|
|9th||E Aybar singled to right, N Cruz scored.||2||1|
|9th||J Reyes singled to center, E Aybar scored.||3||1|
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|Umpires:||Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Katsumi Manabe, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Edgar Estivison|