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Cantu carries Hermosillo past Mazatlan in nailbiter

Major League veteran homers twice, drives in five runs in Naranjeros' one-run win
Mexican Pacific League

Hermosillo 6, Mazatlan 5
Free agent Jorge Cantu slugged two homers and drove in five runs to provide the bulk of the Naranjeros' offense in the one-run victory. The infielder has 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 37 contests following the big effort. Chris Walker and Oswaldo Morejon went deep for the Venados while teammate Jesse Castillo finished 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Gameday box score

Mexicali 1, Culiacan 0
Red Sox farmhand Marco Duarte struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks over six innings to lead the Aguilas in the shutout. Jon Weber doubled and drove in the game's only run. Former Major Leaguer Rodrigo Lopez tossed a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. Gameday box score

Guasave 6, Los Mochis 3
Rangers catching prospect Jose Felix went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs for the Algodoneros. Twins farmhand Chris Colabello hit a homer and drove in two as well. Saul Soto and Juan Carlos Gamboa (Mets) went deep for the Caneros. Gameday box score

Obregon 8, Navojoa 1
Marco Carrillo struck out seven and allowed one run on six hits in a complete-game effort as the Yaquis crushed the Mayos. Willy Taveras doubled and drove in three runs to lead the offensive charge. Abel Martinez went 1-for-4 and drove in the only Navojoa tally. Gameday box score

Dominican Winter League

Cibao 4, Cibaenas 2
Led by Padres prospect Jose De Paula's 3 1/3 one-run innings, eight Gigantes pitchers combined to hold down the Aguilas in the win. Cubs reliever Michael Bowden (3-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 frames. Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI from atop the Cibao order. Miguel Tejada and Erick Almonte hit solo shots for the Aguilas. Box score

Licey 8, Escogido 4
Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Tigres, but it was their six-run eighth inning that put the team over the top against the Leones. Yordany Ramireza contributed two RBIs in the big frame. Red Sox first baseman Mauro Gomez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Escogido in the loss. Box score

Oriente 11, Este 3
Former Major Leaguer Felix Pie went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs out of the Estrellas leadoff spot in the victory. Cubs prospect Junior Lake went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Indians prospect Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Toros. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes 10, Caracas 2
World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Navegantes in a rout of first-place Caracas. Eliezer Alfonzo and Juan Rivera also drove in a pair of runs apiece for Magallanes, with Alfonzo providing the game's only home run. Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano was strong on the mound, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings to pick up his second win in three starts. Gameday box score

La Guaira 8, Aragua 7
The Tiburones rallied from a 7-1 deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off with a win over Aragua. Trailing by two entering the final frame, pinch runner Ray Olmedo came home on a passed ball to cut the deficit to one. Rafael Alvarez then scored Javier Herrera (A's) with a sacrifice fly before a Cesar Suarez single drove in White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez for the winning run. Former Rays and Royals outfielder Joey Gathright tripled and drove in a game-high three runs for Aragua. Box score

Anzoategui 4, Lara 3
Niuman Romero (Tigers) and Luis Nunez (Dodgers) both homered to lead the Caribes past the Cardenales. Caribes starter Alex Herrera pushed his record to 4-0 on the season, surrendering two runs on four hits over six innings. Luis Jimenez (Mariners) and Jose Lopez (White Sox) each homered for visiting Lara, with Lobez driving in a game-high two runs. Box score

Margarita 6, Zulia 5
The Bravos scored three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to clinch a come-from-behind victory over the Aguilas. Matt Clark (Padres) doubled, homered and drove in two runs for Margarita and Phillies prospect Cesar Hernandez chipped in with two RBIs of his own. Zulia put the potential tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but Bravos closer Luis Ramirez picked off Freddy Parejo at second base to end the game. Box score