Tiger Woods finally won a point but the International team fought back to 13-9 down to keep alive their hopes of winning the Presidents Cup.
Woods and Dustin Johnson beat Adam Scott and KJ Choi as the US won four of the five foursomes on day three.
The International side then won three of the afternoon fourballs to claim their first session in the biennial matchplay tournament since 2007.
Woods and Johnson lost to KT Kim and YE Yang on the last hole.
The former world number one, who was the only American not to register a point in the opening two days, struggled with his putting in the fourballs, missing nine putts from within 15 feet.
The tournament will be decided in the 12 singles matches on Sunday, where Woods will face Aaron Baddeley in the penultimate match.
In the afternoon, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel handed Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson their first loss of the week. The Americans made only one birdie in blustery and rainy conditions.
Geoff Ogilvy and Choi hung on for a 1-up win over Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar, while a 30ft birdie putt from Jason Day on the 17th was not enough to prevent him and Baddeley losing 2&1 to Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.
Mahan said: "This is an Australian team we're playing here. You heard the crowd, so to win like that, it feels good."
Jim Furyk continued his 100% record as he teamed up with Nick Watney to beat Scott and Ernie Els by one hole in a closely fought clash.
Furyk and Phil Mickelson went to 3-0 as a team after winning their foursomes match, but US captain Fred Couples decided to rest Mickelson for the fourballs. The left-hander will face Scott in Sunday's singles.
Sunday's singles matches (US players first)
Webb Simpson v KT Kim
Dustin Johnson v Charl Schwartzel
Bubba Watson v Ryo Ishikawa
Bill Haas v Geoff Ogilvy
Hunter Mahan v Jason Day
Nick Watney v KJ Choi
Phil Mickelson v Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar v Retief Goosen
Jim Furyk v Ernie Els
David Toms v Robert Allenby
Tiger Woods v Aaron Baddeley
Steve Stricker v YE Yang