SAN FRANCISCO -- Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped away from Emirates Team New Zealand to win Race 14 by 23 seconds Sunday on San Francisco Bay and remain alive in the America's Cup.
It was the third straight victory and fifth in seven races for Oracle, which has sailed much better after an awful start.
On match point since Wednesday, The Kiwis saw their lead shrink to 8-4. They need one more victory to wrest the oldest trophy in international sports from software billionaire Larry Ellison.
Oracle was docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year history of the America's Cup and needs five more wins to keep the Auld Mug.
Spithill controlled the start against rival Dean Barker and kept his 72-foot catamaran ahead the whole race, sometimes leading by more than 300 yards.
Race 15 was scheduled later Sunday.