Starling Marte

Cruz homer caps comeback as Dominicans beat US 7-5 in WBC

With their team playing the United States in a frenzied atmosphere at the World Baseball Classic, Dominican rooters spent much of the game on their feet while honking horns, pounding drums and rattling noisemakers.

Eventually they rattled the Americans.

Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning, Starling Marte added a solo shot off the All-Star reliever and the defending champion Dominicans overcame a five-run deficit to beat the United States 7-5 Saturday night.

"If you didn't feel the emotions of this game, either you were dead or need to be checked out," Cruz said.

The comeback delighted a clamorous crowd of...