World Baseball Classic: USA vs. Dominican Republic

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SAN DIEGO — Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer and the United States eliminated the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, beating the defending champions 6-3 Saturday night to earn a spot in the semifinals.

Stanton's two-run shot into the third-floor balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner at Petco Park gave the United States a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning. It put a charge into the sellout crowd of 43,002 and helped send the Americans to the championship round at Dodger Stadium, where they will face Japan in a semifinal game Tuesday night.

Three innings later, San Diego native Adam Jones made a spectacular, leaping catch over the fence in the deepest part of the park in right-center to rob Baltimore Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a home run. Machado tipped his helmet to Jones.

Robinson Cano then homered to left to pull the Dominican Republic to 4-3.

Andrew McCutchen gave Team USA some breathing room with a two-run double in the eighth, and Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.

This is the second time in four editions of the WBC that the United States has advanced to the semifinals. It lost to Japan in 2009.

The Dominican players, who rallied to beat the United States one week earlier in Miami in the first round, will disperse back to big league camps. They finished 1-2 in the second round after going 3-0 in the opening round.

United States' pitcher Pat Neshek celebrates after striking
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United States' pitcher Pat Neshek celebrates after striking out the batter and ending the fifth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017.

United States' Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run double
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United States' Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' outfielder Christian Yelich cannot reach a
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United States' outfielder Christian Yelich cannot reach a solo home run by Dominican Republic infielder Robinson Cano in the seventh inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017.

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United States' Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates with teammates
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United States' Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a two-run double by Andrew McCutchen during the eighth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' pitcher Danny Duffy delivers in the
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United States' pitcher Danny Duffy delivers in the fifth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017.

U.S. outfielder Adam Jones grabs a catch above
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U.S. outfielder Adam Jones grabs a catch above the wall for the out on the Dominican Republic's Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego.

United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connects for a
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United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connects for a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the United States, right, is congratulated by Brandon Crawford #26 after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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Dominican Republic's infielder Robinson Cano (C) is congratulated
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Dominican Republic's infielder Robinson Cano (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on an RBI single by teammate Carlos Santana in the first inning against the United States in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the United States, left, is congratulated in the dugout by after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the United States, right, is congratulated after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

epa05857317 United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (C) and
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epa05857317 United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (C) and Brandon Crawford (bottom, L) are congratulated by teammates after Stanton hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the United States reacts after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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Dominican Republic's infielder Carlos Santana (L) dances on
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Dominican Republic's infielder Carlos Santana (L) dances on first base as teammate Alfredo Griffin (R) looks on after Santana hit an RBI single in the first inning against the United States in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

United States' infielder Eric Hosmer (L) steals second
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United States' infielder Eric Hosmer (L) steals second base as the ball gets away from Dominican Republic's infielder Jose Reyes (R) in the second inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

United States' Giancarlo Stanton (27), center, is greeted
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United States' Giancarlo Stanton (27), center, is greeted by teammate Jonathan Lucroy (25) after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (L) is congratulated
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United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (L) is congratulated by teammate Brandon Crawford (R) after connecting for a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after connecting
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United States' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after connecting for a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

United States' infielder Ian Kinsler (L) is congratulated
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United States' infielder Ian Kinsler (L) is congratulated by teammate Nolan Arenadon (R) after scoring on an RBI double by Christian Yelich in the third inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

United States' Giancarlo Stanton is greeted by third
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United States' Giancarlo Stanton is greeted by third base coach Willie Randolph after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the United States, center, is congratulated in the dugout by after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

epa05857300 Dominican Republic's infielder Robinson Cano connects for
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epa05857300 Dominican Republic's infielder Robinson Cano connects for an RBI double in the first inning against the United States in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Robinson Cano
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Robinson Cano #22 of the Dominican Republic celebrates after scoring during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Robinson Cano
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Robinson Cano #22 of the Dominican Republic hits a double during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

United States' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after hitting a
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United States' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' Christian Yelich hits an RBI double
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United States' Christian Yelich hits an RBI double during the third inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run home
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United States' Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' Ian Kinsler, center, is greeted by
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United States' Ian Kinsler, center, is greeted by teammates Nolan Arenado (12) and Eric Hosmer (35) after scoring off an RBI double by Christian Yelich during the third inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

epa05857298 Dominican Republic's infielder Manny Machado (C) is
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epa05857298 Dominican Republic's infielder Manny Machado (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on an RBI double by teammate Robinson Cano in the first inning against the United States in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

epa05857299 United States' outfielder Christian Yelich goes after
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epa05857299 United States' outfielder Christian Yelich goes after a double hit by Dominican Republic infielder Robinson Cano as a person dressed as George Washington looks on in the first inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Manny Machado
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Manny Machado #3 of the Dominican Republic, left, is congratulated after scoring during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

epa05857301 United States' catcher Jonathan Lucroy (R) cannot
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epa05857301 United States' catcher Jonathan Lucroy (R) cannot hold on to the strike out ball and Dominican Republic's outfielder Nelson Cruz (L) advances to first ball on the loose ball in the first inning in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego, California, USA, 18 March 2017. EPA/MIKE NELSON

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Nelson Cruz
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Dominican Republic is tagged out at the plate by Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the United States during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

United States pitcher Danny Duffy pitches to a
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United States pitcher Danny Duffy pitches to a Dominican Republic batter during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano watches his RBI double
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Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano watches his RBI double against the United States during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States outfielder Christian Yelich cannot find the
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United States outfielder Christian Yelich cannot find the ball off an RBI-double hit by Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Nelson Cruz
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Dominican Republic is tagged out at the plate by Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the United States during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Danny Duffy
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Danny Duffy #41 of the United States pitches during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Dominican Republic's Manny Machado reacts after scoring on
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Dominican Republic's Manny Machado reacts after scoring on a double by Robinson Cano during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Ervin Santana
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Ervin Santana #54 of the Dominican Republic pitches during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Dominican Republic's Carlos Santana ducks to avoid being
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Dominican Republic's Carlos Santana ducks to avoid being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Danny Duffy
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Danny Duffy #41 of the United States pitches during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Dominican Republic pitcher Ervin Santana pitches to a
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Dominican Republic pitcher Ervin Santana pitches to a U.S. batter during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Dominican Republic's Nelson Cruz, left, is tagged out
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Dominican Republic's Nelson Cruz, left, is tagged out by U.S. catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Dominican Republic pitcher Ervin Santana pauses before a
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Dominican Republic pitcher Ervin Santana pauses before a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Dominican Republic's Carlos Santana hits an RBI-single during
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Dominican Republic's Carlos Santana hits an RBI-single during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Ervin Santana
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Ervin Santana #54 of the Dominican Republic pitches during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game Six between the United States and the Dominican Republic at PETCO Park on March 18, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

United States pitcher Danny Duffy (41) walks off
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United States pitcher Danny Duffy (41) walks off the field alongside teammate third baseman Nolan Arenado at the end of the first inning during a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the Dominican Republic, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego.

Members of the Dominican Republic team react toward
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Members of the Dominican Republic team react toward teammate Carlos Santana after his RBI-single during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego.

United States outfielder Christian Yelich hits the wall
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United States outfielder Christian Yelich hits the wall chasing an RBI-double hit by Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in San Diego.

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