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Abreu, Vazquez, Criollos crush Gigantes

Former Phillies farmhand goes 5-for-6, scores four runs, drives in three

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Puerto Rican Winter League

Caguas 14, Carolina 2
Miguel Abreu, who spent last season with the Phillies' Double-A affiliate, went 5-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored to send the Criollos past the Gigantes. Major League veteran Javier Vazquez scattered six hits over five shutout innings for Caguas, which got three hits and three RBIs from Carlos Rivera. Former Major Leaguer Chris Pettit had two hits, including a solo homer, for Carolina. Box score

Santurce 10, Mayaguez 3
Reds prospect Neftali Soto drove in three runs and Jose Ruiz slugged a three-run homer as the Cangrejeros dropped the Indios into a first-place tie in the round-round playoffs. Sergio Miranda went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored to raise his postseason average to .405 for Santurce, wihle Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig smacked a two-run homer and doubled in a losing effort. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 2, Zulia 1
Former Major Leaguer Les Walrond gave up a run on three hits over five innings, helping the Leones hand the Aguilas their fifth straight playoff loss. Alex Gonzalez and Jesus Guzman scored on a throwing error for Caracas, while Alex Cabrera doubled and scored Zulia's lone run. Gameday box score

Lara 11, Caribes 5
Royals farmhand Paulo Orlando capped a four-hit night with an RBI single that sparked a six-run eighth inning as the Cardenales stormed past the Caribes. Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena and Braves Minor Leaguer Jose Yepez contributed two RBIs apiece for Lara, while Hector Gimenez and Gustavo Molina homered in a losing effort. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas 5, Toros 4
Giants infielder Joaquin Arias capped a four-RBI night with a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning as the Aguilas climbed into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Rangers prospect Leury Garcia continued his stellar postseason by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Cibaeñas. Indians prospect Jose Ramirez fell a homer shy of the cycle and scored a run for the Toros. Box score

Estrellas 7, Escogido 6
Angels farmhand Luis Jimenez homered, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice, helping the Estrellas hold off the Leones. Cubs prospect Nelson Perez also went yard and scored a pair of runs for Oriente, while Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit his fourth postseason homer and drove in three runs for Escogido. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 6, Culiacan 5
Barbaro Canizares hit a two-run homer and Juan Miranda added a solo shot as the Yaquis held on to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 semifinal series. Rolando Velez struck out five and allowed two hits over six shutout innings for the win, while Sandy Madera went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Tomateros. Gameday box score

Mexicali 11, Guasave 5
Former Major Leaguer Chris Roberson tripled, singled, drove in four runs and scored twice, helping the Aguilas grab a 2-1 lead in their semifinal series. Former Angels farmhand Ricky Alvarez also had two hits and contributed three RBIs for Mexicali, while Red Sox newcomer Mark Hamilton went 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored for the Algodoñeros. Gameday box score

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