Horns honked, percussion pulsed and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win.
The visiting team on the scoreboard, the Dominican Republic made itself at home by beating the United States 3-1 Thursday night to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic.
Erick Aybar singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth for the Dominicans, who improved to 5-0. They’re assured of a spot in the semifinals beginning Sunday in San Francisco, where two-time defending champion Japan and the Netherlands have already advanced.
The United States must now play Puerto Rico tonight, with the winner earning a trip to San Francisco and the loser being eliminated.
Morse homers twice in M’s win over Reds
Michael Morse homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Seattle Mariners back from a six-run deficit for an 8-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Morse doubled and scored in the second inning, hit his first two-run shot in the fourth off Reds starter Homer Bailey and connected for his second two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Clay Hensley. Morse is 11 for 31 in spring training and leads the team in home runs with five.
Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak.