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Thirteen is lucky for Noriega, Cardenales

Mariners prospect goes 3-for-3, plates two, scores twice in playoff win

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Venezuelan Winter League

Lara 13, Zulia 6
Mariners prospect Gabriel Noriega went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, two RBIs and two runs scored, helping the Cardenales square their round-robin playoff record at 2-2. Dodgers farmhand C.J. Retherford homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs, while Rangers Minor Leaguer Yangervis Solarte contributed two hits and two RBIs and scored twice for Lara. Ernesto Mejia (Braves) slugged a two-run homer and scored a pair of runs for the Aguilas. Box score

Caribes 8, Caracas 1
Former Major Leaguer Ramon Ramirez struck out seven and allowed a run on two hits over seven innings as the Caribes climbed into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Gustavo Molina and Luis Nuñez both homered and drove in two runs for Anzoategui, which got three hits and two RBIs from Jose Castillo. Jesus Guzman (Padres) tripled and scored the Leones' lone run. Gameday box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Carolina 7, Mayaguez 2
Cardinals prospect Anthony Garcia went 3-for-5 and scored twice, leading the Gigantes to their first playoff win. Cubs prospect Justin Bour added two hits and two RBIs and Zack Segovia pitched five solid innings for the win. Twins prospect Daniel Ortiz was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Mayaguez. Box score

Santurce 2, Caguas 1
Adalberto Flores, who pitched at two levels in the Astros organization last season, yielded a run on six hits over five innings in the Cangrejeros' first round-robin playoff victory. Former Texas League All-Star Jose Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Santurce, while Giants prospect Johnny Monell tripled, singled, walked and scored Caguas' lone run. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mazatlan 4, Mexicali 0
Major League veteran Walter Silva allowed two hits and struck out five over eight innings as the Venados won Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Henry Mateo went 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored for Mazatlan, while Wes Bankston doubled and walked for the Aguilas, who still lead the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Gameday box score

Culiacan 3, Hermosillo 1
Cory Aldridge, who spent most of the 2012 season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, smacked a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Tomateros a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series. Andres Meza yielded a run on three hits over seven innings but did not figure in the decision for Culiacan, while former Major Leaguer Dennys Reyes gave up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings for the Naranjeros. Gameday box score

Guasave 5, Obregon 3
James Avery, who spent the 2012 season with the Tigers' Double-A affiliate, allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings as the Algodoñeros climbed within 2-1 in their first-round series. Orioles farmhand Zelous Wheeler and Rangers prospect Jose Felix drove in two runs apiece for Guasave, while Juan Miranda homered in a losing effort. Gameday box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 3, Estrellas 2
Former Nationals farmhand Frank Diaz lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Leones grabbed sole possession of first place in the round-robin playoffs. Mauro Gomez (Red Sox) and Jordany Valdespin (Mets) delivered RBI singles for Escogido, while former Major Leaguer Ed Rogers had two hits, including an RBI triple, for the Estrellas. Box score

Aguilas 4, Toros 3, 11 innings
Rangers farmhand Leury Garcia capped a 5-for-5 night by singling home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the Aguilas remained atop the round-robin playoff standings. Hector Luna had two hits and two RBIs and former Marlins Minor Leaguer Juan Carlos Perez went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored for Cibaeñas. Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero drew a bases-loaded walk for the Toros. Box score

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