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David Wright hit a game-winning, two-run single with one out in the ninth, then was buried in a pile of teammates.
"It was a dream come true to be mobbed and tackled by some of the best players in the game," Wright said. "That's a pretty cool feeling."
The semifinal berth is the first for Team USA, which was eliminated in the second round of the inaugural WBC in 2006.
"Baseball is our game. We've set the example of excellence, and a lot of countries have come a long way to catch up," Johnson said. "Three years ago we didn't show so good. Everything I read was that we weren't prepared. To come back and win here and prove everybody wrong, representing your country, it couldn't get any better than that."
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