HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Venezuela reliever Marcos Tabata gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Dominican Republic first baseman Francisco Pena in the top of the ninth Wednesday, handing his team an eventual 4-2 loss at Estadio Sonora and eliminating it from participation in the Caribbean Series championship.
Venezuela's last Caribbean Series title came in 2009. This year, their Navegantes de Magallanes finished 2-4.
Thursday's championship game, taking place at 7 p.m. MT, will pit the Dominican Republic against 3-3 Mexico. The Dominican Leones del Escogido team, now 5-1, clinched a spot in the championship game Tuesday and is looking for its third title in the last four years.
On Wednesday, Escogido pitchers Carlos Pimentel, Lorenzo Barcelo, Armando Rodriguez and Jailen Peguero combined to give up two runs on five hits and one walk. Angels third-base prospect Luis Jimenez went 3-for-4.
Right-hander Angel Castro is expected to start for Escogido on Thursday.