Carlos Santana struck when his country needed him most.

Santana broke open a shutout at the World Baseball Classic on Saturday with a long home run, propelling the Dominican Republic to what became a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico. Santana's home run helped the D.R. earn the top seed from its bracket in the semifinals. Puerto Rico is the second seed out of Pool 2.

"I feel very happy because of the support we've gotten," said Santana after the win. "Now we're going to San Francisco to win the crown. We're a small island, but we produce good fruit. We have great players and they are showing what they can do."

Santana, 26, is a native of Santo Domingo and was originally signed by the Dodgers in 2004. He was traded to Cleveland with Jon Meloan in exchange for Casey Blake in 2008, and he's been solidly entrenched as the Indians' catcher for each of the last two seasons.

Wandy Rodriguez and Orlando Roman had each thrown four shutout innings on Saturday, and Santana homered deep to right field to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. The game remained tight through the sixth inning, and Rodriguez allowed just two hits in keeping Puerto Rico scoreless.