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  • Dominican Republic infielder Robinson Cano hits a one run home run in the seventh inning against the United States at Petco Park.

    Dominican Republic infielder Robinson Cano hits a one run home run in the seventh inning against the United States at Petco Park. | Photo: Reuters

The Dominicans jumped out of the blocks quickly with two runs in the first inning, before the U.S. tied it up in the third.

The Dominican Republic were eliminated from the World Baseball Classic after the star-laden team lost to the United States in southern California on Saturday night.

A 424-foot two-run homer by designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton to left field off veteran right-hander Ervin Santana in the fourth inning gave the U.S. the go-ahead runs in a 6-3 victory.

An Andrew McCutchen two-run double in the eighth made the score 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 43,000 at Petco Park in San Diego.

Both teams entered the game knowing the winner would advance to the semi-finals and the loser would go home.

The victory means the U.S. will play Japan in a semi-final at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with Puerto Rico and the Netherlands in the other last-four clash at the same venue on Monday.

The championship game will be on Wednesday.

The game had no bearing on the semi-final match-ups, with Puerto Rico (6-0) already locked in to a final-four encounter with the Netherlands.

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