Day 13 of the 2013 World Baseball Classic featured arguably the marquee matchup in the tournament as the Dominican Republic took on the USA for a spot in the semifinals.

Dominican Republic 3, USA 1

Billed as the marquee matchup in the WBC and a game that the Dominicans proceeded as the biggest baseball game in the country's history, Eric Aybar came through with a clutch pinch-hit single in the 9th inning as the Dominicans defeated the USA 3-1 in second round action in Miami. The win puts the Dominincans in the semifinals for the first time ever in the WBC.

Before the game, the Americans suffered a huge blow as their best player in the tournamnent, Mets 3B David Wright, was scratched from the lineup with a sore back. Wright's absence severly hampered the American offense as they could muster only one run against the tough Dominican pitching staff. That run came in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk from Eric Hosmer off of starter Samuel Deduno.

In the 2nd inning former Marlin and current Dodger Hanley Ramirez launched a R.A. Dickey knuckleball 427 feet into the bar area high over left field of Marlins Park to tie the game 1-1.

From that point on the pitching staffs of both squads took over. Deduno settled down after a shaky first inning to allow just the one run on 5 hits. He struck out seven and walked 2. R.A. Dickey had a better outing then the one he had against Mexico, the only damage allowed was the Ramirez home run. He worked five innings, allowing five hits and the one run. He struck out four and walked one.

Both bullpens were rock solid until the 9th inning when Braves closer Craig Kimbrel suffered a rare off-night.

Texas Rangers star Nelson Cruz led off the 9th with a double to right-center. Cruz then advanced to third on a Carlos Santana groundout to second. Then Aybar entered the game as a pitch-hitter. On the third pitch on his at-bat, he took a Kimbrel cutter that was 6 inches wide of the plate, but was called a strke by the home-plate umpire, which irratated Aybar. Then on the next pitch Aybar delivered the historic RBI single over Brandon Phillips to score Cruz and put the Dominican fans into a frenzy. Aybar then stole second and later scored on a Jose Reyes single, ending the night for Kimbrel.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect inning for the save.

The Dominincans remain perfect in the WBC with a 5-0 record.

The loss put the Americans in an elimination game with Puerto Rico on Friday. The winner will advance to San Francisco. The playing status of Wright for this game is unknown.