Edwin Encarnacion rips a two-run first-inning double that proved to be all the offense the Dominican Republic would need in its 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico. The pitching staff, starting with Samuel Deduno and ending with Fernando Rodney, did the rest.
Closer Fernando Rodney starts the celebration at the mound after striking out Luis Figueroa to seal the victory. He said afterward that his lucky plantain "is my gold medal."
SAN FRANCISCO - Cheers of "Dominicana! Dominicana!" rang out through the rain at AT&T Park all the way to the lively streets of Santo Domingo.
Nelson Figueroa, a member of the Diamondbacks organization, limited Team USA to two hits in six innings.
Puerto Rican players celebrate after beating the United States and clinching a berth in the semifinals, which begin Sunday in San Francisco. Puerto Rico plays the Dominican Republic today for seeding purposes. Both teams have advanced.
MIAMI - Once again, the United States could only watch as an opposing pitcher celebrated at the World Baseball Classic.
Nelson Cruz hits a double in the ninth inning to start the Dominican Republic's winning rally. Cruz scored the go-ahead run later in the inning.
Joe Mauer singles in the first inning, helping the Americans load the bases. The U.S. team scored on a bases-loaded walk.
MIAMI - Horns honked, percussion pulsed, and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win.
Puerto Rico's Angel Pagan is unable to prevent a double by David Wright in the eighth inning that scored three U.S. runs.
Ryan Braun of the United States is congratulated by Shane Victorio after Braun scored in the first inning, giving the Americans their first early lead so far in four games of the WBC.
MIAMI - Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.
Seattle starter Felix Hernandez is pitching well after signing a seven-year, $175 million contract last month. He allowed one hit - a homer to the D-backs' Eric Hinske - in three innings and struck out three. "Mistake," he said about his pitch to Hinske.
PEORIA - Felix Hernandez will not let one missed pitch spoil his fun on the mound.
Fans of Mexico and the United States vie for an autograph before a World Baseball Classic game at Chase Field. Mexico won to raise its WBC mark to 1-1.
U.S. starter R.A. Dickey allowed four runs and six hits in four innings. He gave up a two-run homer in the third inning.
PHOENIX - Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, seven pitchers handcuffed United States hitters all night and Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a decisive 5-2 win over the Americans in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic on Friday.
SCOTTSDALE - Putting on Mexico's jersey for the first time was everything Yovani Gallardo ever imagined. Even better, he felt healthy when he did it.