SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic beat the Netherlands 4-1 on Monday to set up an all-Caribbean clash against Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic.
The undefeated Dominicans improved to 7-0 in the tournament, erupting for four runs in the fifth inning to take charge after trailing 1-0 on a first-inning run by the Dutch.
The victory, set up by a brilliant outing by starter Edinson Volquez who combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, avenged a pair of losses to the Dutch in the 2009 tournament that sent the Dominicans packing.
After managing just two hits against Netherlands starter Diegomar Markwell through four innings, the Dominicans found their stroke and registered five hits in their go-ahead rally.
The Dominicans will play for the WBC title on Tuesday against a Puerto Rico (5-3) team they have beaten twice earlier in the 16-team tournament in a pair of two-run victories. (Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)