US beats Venezuela in dramatic comeback in quarterfinals of WBC

The United States has beaten Venezuela in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic tournament with a dramatic eighth inning grand-slam comeback.

Team USA opened the game with three runs in the first inning. But Luis Arraez of Venezuela struck back with a two-run homer in the bottom half.

In the fifth, Kyle Tucker belted a solo homerun, giving the US a 5-2 lead. But Venezuela quickly turned things around, with four runs in the same inning.

Venezuela expanded its lead to 7 to 5 in the seventh, as Arraez delivered his second blast, a solo homer.

But then Team USA roared back with a rally in the eighth. It ended with a grand slam by Trea Turner.

Venezuela's chances faded away as its final batter was eliminated with a fly ball to the third baseman.

Team USA won 9-7. It advances to the semifinals for the third time, and for the second consecutive tournament.

America faces off against Cuba on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Samurai Japan meets Mexico on Monday for the other semifinal.