MIAMI – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – The Dominican Republic snapped an 11th-inning tie with seven runs and advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 10-3 victory over Colombia on Sunday before 36,952 at Marlins Park in Miami. Welington Castillo delivered the key hit with a tiebreaking, two-run single for the defending champion, one night after its 7-5 victory over the United States.
The Dominicans extended their winning streak to 11 games in the tournament.
Colombia awaited the outcome of Sunday night’s U.S.-Canada game. A U.S. loss would force a tiebreaker game to determine whether Colombia or the United States advances from Pool C play to the next round at San Diego’s Petco Park.
The Dominicans’ 11th-inning uprising included a three-run double by Jean Segura, an injury replacement for Hanley Ramirez, and an RBI single by Carlos Santana.
“I was very happy to be part of this great team,” Segura said. “It is the greatest thing that has happened in my career.”
Colombia missed a chance to win in the ninth inning when pinch-runner Oscar Mercado was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a fly ball.
“We were 90 feet away from surprising the world and leaving the Dominicans with their mouths open,” Colombia manager Luis Urrueta said. “We did not win, but we won a lot inside and a lot of respect by the people.”
Dominican starter Wily Peralta pitched four innings and gave up one run with six strikeouts and one walk.
In other games, Puerto Rico advanced to the second round with a 9-3 victory over Italy in a Pool D game in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Japan defeated the Netherlands 8-6 in a Pool E matchup in Tokyo.