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.