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Mets' Valdespin pivotal in marathon Licey win

New York outfielder drives in tying run in 14th inning, scores winning tally in 16th
Dominican Winter League

Licey 4, Toros 3 (16 innings)
Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin singled in Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt in the bottom of the 14th to retie the game after the Toros went ahead, 3-2, in the top half of the inning. He then scored the winning run in the 16th on an RBI single by Anderson Hernandez (Pirates). Hernandez finished 4-for-8 while Marlins star Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-6 with two walks. Braves infielder Juan Francisco delivered a double, a single and an RBI for Licey, while former Rangers infielder Esteban German led Este with a 3-for-6 performance. He doubled, walked once, stole a base and drove in a run. Box score

Escogido 6, Gigantes 5
Mauro Gomez (Red Sox) hit a grand slam in the eighth to tie the game for the Leones, while Melky Mesa (Yankees) doubled to lead off the ninth and later scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Wilkin Castillo (Dodgers). Alexi Casilla (Twins) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs out of the leadoff spot and Jose De Paula (Padres) turned in a strong outing without factoring into the decision, yielding a run on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings. Box score

Aguilas 7, Estrellas 2
Top Twins prospect Miguel Sano hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth to account for Oriente's runs in the loss. Fellow Twins farmhand Samuel Deduno picked up his first win of the Dominican season for Cibaenas, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out nine over six scoreless innings. Hector Luna, who had a stint with the Phillies this season, homered and Manny Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a run to lead the offense. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Manati 9, Santurce 3
Braiham Maldonado (Braves) spurred the Atenienses, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Ivan De Jesus (Red Sox) added a double, a single, two runs and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. Yadiel Rivera (Brewers) doubled in a run for the Cangrejeros. Box score

Caguas 14, Carolina 8
Cardinals shortstop Luis Mateo went 3-for-5 with a double, four RBIs and two stolen bases while Aaron Bates -- who spent time in the St. Louis and Minnesota systems this year -- added two RBIs. Janluis Castro (Rangers) went 3-for-3, scoring three times and plating two. Ben Lasater (Marlins) fell a triple shy of the cycle with two RBIs to lead the Gigantes. Box score

Mayaguez 2, Ponce 0
Hector Hernandez (Cardinals) led the Indios to the shutout, scattering three hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings. Adonis Garcia (Yankees) homered in the fourth. Major League veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez took the loss for the Leones, allowing both runs on five hits while fanning four over five frames. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Aragua 4, Margarita 3 (Game 1, 9 innings)
Yangervis Solarte (Rangers) led Aragua with two RBIs, while Major League veteran Joey Gathright went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Mets prospect Wilmer Flores drove in a pair of runs for Margarita. Box score

Aragua at Margarita, Game 2, makeup of 11/30, postponed

Caracas 9, La Guaira 5
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez continued a strong run for the Leones, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Josh Kroeger (Braves) homered and doubled. Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco scored three times for the Tiburones and Royals catcher Salvador Perez added a double, a single, a walk and an RBI. Gameday box score

Lara 6, Caribes 0
Guilder Rodriguez (Rangers) tripled, drove in a run, scored once and walked and Justin Cassel scattered four hits and three walks over eight innings to lead the Cardenales. Gorkys Hernandez (Marlins) paced the Caribes with two hits and a walk. Box score

Zulia 8, Magallanes 3
Ernesto Mejia (Braves) showed off his power for the Aguilas, homering in the first before adding a pair of doubles on a two-RBI night. Felix Perez (Reds) went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Former Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo homered for the Navegantes and Ezequiel Carrera (Indians) collected three hits and scored once. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Navojoa 10, Hermosillo 3 (7 innings)
Former A's infielder Wes Bankston plated three runs and fell a triple short of the cycle while leadoff man Kraig Binick finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs to lead the Mayos. Jose Aguilar paced the Naranjeros with a double, a single, an RBI and a run. Gameday box score

Los Mochis 2, Obregon 2 (5 innings)
Major League vet Alfredo Amezaga doubled and scored once for the Yaquis and Sandy Madera went 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Caneros in a game that was completed early. Gameday box score

Mexicali at Mazatlan, postponed
Guasave at Culiacan, postponed