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Jose Bautista hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, and the Dominican Republic rallied to beat Israel, 7-6, in an elimination game at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
Israel led 4-2 in the fifth inning and 6-5 entering the ninth, but couldn’t hold on. Johan Mieses hit a game-tying homer off of Zack Weiss to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Bautista hit a two-out RBI single to score Yefri Perez with the winning run.
Bautista was 0-for-9 in the Olympics when he stepped to the plate before delivering the game-tying hit.
With the win, the Dominican Republic advances to face the United States Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals to face the loser of Japan-South Korea.
Scott Kazmir is expected to start for Team USA against the Dominican Republic in his Olympics debut.