Venezuelan Winter League
Magallanes 5, Caribes 4
Magallanes claimed a 1-0 lead in the league's championship series behind 5 1/3 strong innings from Carlos Zambrano, a three-RBI game by Royals catcher Ramon Hernandez, and strong offensive performances from Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and free-agent outfielder Juan Rivera. Zambrano allowed one run on five hits and two walks, and Hernandez provided most of the offensive firepower, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. Rivera also homered, knocking a solo shot in the second; both of Sandoval's hits were doubles. Padres utility man Alexi Amarista led the way for Caribes, finishing 3-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs.
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