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Jesse Sanchez

Venezuela's early rally sinks D.R. in Caribbean Series win

Venezuela's early rally sinks D.R. in Caribbean Series win

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Venezuela's Caribes de Anzoategui scored six runs in the first two innings, including the game-winning run by San Diego infielder Alexi Amarista, to hold off the Dominican Republic's Gigantes del Cibao, 6-5, on the third day of games at the Caribbean Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Venezuela improved to 2-0 with the victory. The Dominican Republic's record is now even at 1-1. Venezuela will face Cuba in the first game on Thursday and Mexico will square off against the Dominican Republic in the nightcap.

"We continue to do excellent work," Venezuela manager Omar Lopez said. "That's Venezuelan baseball. It was a very big win for us. We didn't want to face Cuba needing to win so we played it like it was a semifinal or final."

White Sox infielder Leury Garcia scored the first of two runs as the Dominican Republic jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Tampa Bay's Alexi Casilla also scored to push the Gigantes' lead to 2-0. But Venezuela rallied back in the bottom of the first inning with four runs, two on a double by Oscar Salazar to push the Caribes ahead, 4-2.

The Dominican Republic scored three runs in the top of the second inning for a 5-4 advantage that would not last. Niuman Romero tied the game at 5 with a solo home run in the bottom of the frame and Amarista scored what proved to be the game-winner one batter later on a double by Balbino Fuenmayor.

"We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them," Dominican Republic manager Audo Vicente said.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.