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Jimenez's blast wins pitchers' duel for Oriente

Jimenez's blast wins duel for Oriente

Jimenez's blast wins pitchers' duel for Oriente
Dominican Winter League

Estrellas 1, Gigantes 0
Oriente only managed two hits in Wednesday night's contest, but one of them left the yard to give the first-place Estrellas a narrow victory. Angels' No. 9 prospect Luis Jimenez launched a solo homer off reliever Kelvin Perez (Yankees) in the bottom of the eighth inning. Both starters were stellar, with Oriente's Manauris Baez scattering two hits and a walk over seven frames and Yankees' No. 13 prospect Jose A. Ramirez striking out seven over four one-hit frames for Cibao. Box score

Toros 3, Leones 2
Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for Este, which rode a three-run first inning to victory. Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead Escogido. Jairo Asencio pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 11th save of the season. Box score

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Aguilas 8, Tigres 7
A solo homer by Major League veteran Hector Luna in the bottom of the ninth allowed Cibaenas to remain within a half-game of first place. Six different Aguilas hitters drove in runs in the game, with Elian Herrera (Dodgers) and Efren Navarro (Angels) leading the way with two RBIs apiece. Braves third baseman Juan Francisco led Licey offensively with a three-run homer. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Leones 7, Criollos 6
Major League veteran Reggie Abercrombie homered, drove in two runs and scored twice to power last-place Ponce past league-leading Caguas. The Leones got on the board first with four runs in the top of the second and never trailed in the contest. Carlos Rivera led the Criollos offensively, driving in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third. Box score

Cangrejeros 4, Gigantes 3
A solo homer by Luis Rivera (Mets) in the top of the fifth proved to be the winning run for Santurce. Former American League All-Star Scott Kazmir took the loss, surrendering four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Designated hitter Sergio Miranda (Braves) smacked a two-run single in the third for the Cangrejeros. Box score

Mayaguez at Manati, postponed
Mayaguez at Manati, makeup of 11/23 postponed

Venezuelan Winter League

Margarita 9, Caracas 0
David Peralta, Matt Clark and Dave Sappelt all homered and tallied multiple hits as Bravos blasted first-place Caracas. Sappelt, an outfielder in the Cubs system, went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and a game-high three runs scored. Bravos starter Yusmeiro Petit (Giants) turned in his best performance of the season, allowing three hits and four walks over eight innings to pick up his first win. Gameday box score

Anzoategui 5, La Guaira 2
Cubs prospect Erick Castillo went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Matt Young (Angels) scored twice as the Caribes took down the Tiburones. Alex Cabrera drove in both of La Guaira's runs with a sacrifice fly in the first and an RBI single in the fifth. Box score

Aragua 6, Lara 3
What started as a pitchers' duel turned into a slugfest as the two teams combined for 20 hits and all nine runs were scored in the final four innings. Twins' No. 6 prospect Oswaldo Arcia homered, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Tigres. Box score

Magallanes 10, Zulia 0
The Navegantes sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, plating all 10 of their runs with seven of their nine hits. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve led the offense, homering and doubling in the frame to drive in three runs. All nine Navegantes reached base and scored in the inning. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mazatlan 7, Navojoa 5
The Mayos held a one-run cushion until the bottom of the eighth inning when Venados leadoff man Chris Walker cleared the bases with an inside-the-park home run. Walker finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Left fielder Ivan Terrazas also tallied three hits, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Wes Bankston capped a five-run third inning for Navojoa with a grand slam -- his seventh home run of the season. Gameday box score

Guasave 4, Obregon 2
A two-run double by Eduardo Arredondo and a solo homer by Japhet Amador gave the Algodoneros an early lead and Guasave withstood a late Obregon charge. Sergio Mora became the second hurler on the team to five wins, allowing a run on seven hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings, and Sean Gleason (Orioles) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save. Jose Figueroa (Yankees) and Carlos Valencia homered for the Yaquis. Gameday box score

Culiacan 3, Los Mochis 1
Francisco Campos tossed 6 1/3 one-hit shutout innings, striking out six, to pick up his fifth win of the season for first-place Culiacan. John Lindsey opened the scoring with his first home run of the season -- a solo shot in the top of the second. The Caneros were held scoreless until the final frame, when Alexis Gomez homered off Tomateros closer Hassan Pena (Nationals). Gameday box score

Hermosillo 3, Mexicali 2
Carlos Gastelum snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth, singling home pinch-runner Eloy Gutierrez for a come-from-behind victory. Aguilas starter Jorge Campillo stymied the Naranjeros for five scoreless innings before Hermosillo broke through against reliever Jeff Mandel (Nationals). Angels reliever Ryan Brasier picked up his 12th save, setting Mexicali down in order in the bottom of the ninth. Gameday box score

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