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Barnes nearly hits for cycle in Leones' rout

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 13, Lara 4
Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes homered, drove in four runs and fell a double shy of the cycle as the Leones handed the Cardenales their fourth straight loss. Rays farmhand Henry Wrigley chipped in two RBIs and scored three times for Caracas, while Jose Lopez was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for Lara. Gameday box score

La Guaira 6, Zulia 3
Alex Cabrera collected three hits, including a grand slam, to power the Tiburones past the faltering Aguilas. Former Rays Minor Leaguer Cesar Suarez went 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice for La Guaira, while Ernesto Mejia slugged a solo homer for Zulia, which has dropped four in a row. Box score

Aragua 5, Caribes 1
Ramon Castro went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and Astros farmhand Jose Martinez hit a two-run shot as the last-place Tigres won their third straight. Former Major Leaguer Seth Atherton yielded a run on five hits over six innings to get the win, while Minor League veteran Luis Nuñez provided the Caribes' offense with a seventh-inning homer. Box score

Magallanes 5, Margarita 4
Carlos Maldonado delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning, propelling the Navegantes past the Bravos and into sole possession of first place. Chris Nowak reached base three times and drove in two runs for Magallanes, which got two hits and two runs scored from Astros infielder Jose Altuve. Phillies prospect Edgar Duran had two hits and drove in three runs for Margarita. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Toros 10, Estrellas 4
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon delivered a two-run double and scored twice, leading the Toros past the Estrellas. Jose Constanza (Braves) singled, walked three times, stole a base and scored twice for Este, while Twins top prospect Miguel Sano drilled a two-run homer in a losing effort. Box score

Licey 3, Escogido 2
Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar capped a three-hit night by singling in the tying run in the eighth inning as the last-place Tigres rallied past the Leones. Fellow Texas farmhand Engel Beltre went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Licey, while Giants Minor Leaguer Roger Kieschnick had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Escogido. Box score

Aguilas 2, Gigantes 1
Mets prospect Francisco Peña went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the first-place Aguilas edged the Gigantes. Efren Navarro (Angels) had the other RBI for Cibaeñas, which got five innings of hitless relief from former Tigers farmhand Angel Castro. Robinzon Diaz singled home the lone run for Cibao. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Mayaguez 11, Manati 2
Twins No. 4 prospect Eddie Rosario and Yankees farmhand Luke Murton both had three hits and two RBIs as the Indios won their second straight game to start the season. Kennys Vargas (Twins) sparked Mayaguez's six-run first inning with a three-run homer, while D-backs prospect Yazy Arbelo accounted for two of the Atenienses' eight hits. Box score

Caguas 7, Ponce 1
Former Major Leaguer Andy Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs as the Criollos remained unbeaten. Rey Navarro (Royals) chipped in two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Kelvin Villa struck out eight over five dominant innings for Caguas. Rangers No. 5 prospect Jorge Alfaro was 2-for-4 and drove in the Leones' lone run. Box score

Carolina 6, Santurce 1
White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago struck out six over six solid innings, helping the Gigantes post their first win of the season. Former Red Sox farmhand Jorge Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored for Carolina, while big league veteran Felipe Lopez drove in the Cangrejeros' only run. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 2, Navojoa 1, 10 innings
Alfredo Amezaga hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to snap the Yaquis' four-game losing streak. Fellow former Major Leaguer Bobby Cramer pitched six solid frames for Obregon, while Kraig Binick had two hits and drove in the Mayos' lone run. Gameday box score

Guasave 13, Los Mochis 6
Twins prospect Chris Colabello hit a pair of solo shots to extend his home run streak to five games and power the Algodoñeros to their fourth consecutive win. Pinch-hitter Freddy Sandoval highlighted a four-run seventh inning with a bases-loaded triple for Guasave, while ex-Major League Alexis Gomez homered twice in a losing cause. Gameday box score

Mexicali 5, Culiacan 0
Red Sox prospect Marco Duarte allowed four hits and struck out six over six innings as the Aguilas blanked the Tomateros to end a four-game slide. Former Angels farmhand Ricky Alvarez slugged a solo homer, singled and scored twice for Mexicali, while Yankees prospect Ronnier Mustelier and Ramiro Peña had two hits apiece for Culiacan. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 5, Mazatlan 4, 18 innings
Walter Ibarra singled in the 18th inning and scored on a squeeze bunt by Alejandro Ahumada as the Naranjeros outlasted the Venados for their fifth straight win. Jesse Gutierrez had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored for Hermosillo, while Mazatlan's Oswaldo Morejon went 4-for-6 with a pair of walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Gameday box score

Brandon Barnes