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Braves' Mejia goes deep twice for Aguilas

First baseman goes 3-for-4, drives in three in first-place Zulia's win

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 8, La Guaira 1
Atlanta first baseman Ernesto Mejia went yard twice, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs to help the first-place Aguilas improve to 12-6. Miami right-hander Josh Schmidt scattered a run on two hits and two walks while fanning five over seven innings for his first win in Venezuela. Philadelphia's Darin Ruf belted his ninth home run in 18 games for the Tiburones in the loss. Box score

Caracas 8, Aragua 2
Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Cubs starter Yoanner Negrin worked six scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out eight. Ramon Castro led the Tigres with a pair of hits. Box score

Margarita 3, Lara 2 (10 innings)
Cesar Hernandez (Phillies) and Javier Brito homered for the Bravos, with Brito slapping a walk-off single in the 10th to clinch the victory. Max Ramirez (Royals) also went 3-for-4 with a double in the win. Seattle's Gabriel Noriega paced the Cardenales, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box score

Magallenes 10, Caribes 4
Darwin Perez (Angels) provided a home run and scored three times from the leadoff spot to lead the second-place Navegantes. Chris Nowak homered and plated four runs and Carlos Maldonado went yard, as well. Toronto's Balbino Fuenmayor supplied a two-run double in the ninth for the Caribes. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 6, Gigantes 4
Top Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez hit a three-run shot and Mauro Gomez (Red Sox) added a two-run homer to help the Leones take down the Gigantes. Seattle outfielder Carlos Peguero led the Cibao effort, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Box score

Toros 12, Licey 3
Jose Constanza (Braves) went a perfect 5-for-5, driving in two runs and scoring three times and Diory Hernandez (Cubs) went 1-for-3 with four RBIs as the Toros leapfrogged the Tigres out of last place. Texas outfielder Engel Beltre went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run in the loss. Box score

Aguilas 13, Estrellas 6
The Angels' Efren Navarro went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer while Hector Luna (Pirates) and Tim Fedroff (Indians) both went deep, as well, as second-place Cibaenas toppled first-place Oriente. Michael Bowden (Cubs) was strong for Estrellas, yielding a run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings without factoring into the decision. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Guasave 5, Navojoa 3
Zelous Wheeler (Orioles) went 2-for-4 with his second home run in 18 games for the Algodoneros, a two-run shot in the third. Chris Colabello (Twins) also provided a two-run homer, going 2-for-2 with two walks in the contest. Matt Padgett went 2-for-4 with a double for the Mayos. Box score

Obregon 5, Hermosillo 3
Major League veteran Willy Taveras went 3-for-4 and fellow vet Alfredo Amezaga went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to power the Yaquis' offense. Braves prospect Todd Cunningham went 1-for-5 with a run for the Naranjeros. Box score

Mexicali 5, Los Mochis 3
Miami's Gil Velazquez went 1-for-3 with a run out of the two-hole and fellow Marlins farmhand Luke Montz went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Aguilas. Catcher Saul Soto went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Caneros. Box score

Culiacan 7, Mazatlan 2
The Angels' Cory Aldridge hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his 11th of the Pacific League season. Ronnier Mustelier (Yankees) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs for the Tomateros, as well. Joey Butler (Rangers) reached base four times for the Venados, going 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and three walks. Box score