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Aguilas' Gattis hits league-leading 15th homer

Braves catching prospect collects four hits, drives in four more runs
Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 8, Aragua 5
Braves prospect Evan Gattis went 4-for-5 with his league-leading 15th homer and four RBIs, powering the Aguilas to their fourth straight win. D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra added two hits and two RBIs and Yankees prospect Jose Pirela chipped in three hits and scored a run for Zulia. Twins prospect Oswaldo Arcia smacked a two-run homer and Yonel Pacheco also had a pair of RBIs for Aragua. Box score

Lara 9, La Guaira 1
Former Major Leaguer Hernan Iribarren went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored as the Cardenales cruised past the Tiburones. Braves farmhand Jose Yepez also doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Lara. Royals catcher Salvador Perez collected three more hits and drove in La Guaira's only run. Box score

Caribes 3, Margarita 1, 1st game
Indians prospect Paolo Espino struck out six and gave up three hits over five shutout innings before the Caribes beat the Bravos in the opener of a doubleheader. Luis Nuñez delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh for Anzoategui, who got two hits and two runs scored from Marlins outfielder Gorkys Hernandez. Max Ramirez doubled twice for Margarita. Box score

Caribes 3, Margarita 0, 2nd game (makeup of 12/21)
Former Minor Leaguer Alex Herrera allowed four hits over six innings to improve to 5-0 as the Caribes completed a doubleheader sweep. Marlins outfielder Gorkys Hernandez picked up two more doubles and scored a run for Anzoategui, while Royals farmhand Manny Pina accounted for two of the Bravos' five hits. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mexicali 7, Navojoa 3
Ricky Alvarez followed up a four-RBI game by homering twice and driving in three runs as the Aguilas won their third straight. Former Mets farmhand Michel Abreu also went yard, drove in two runs and scored twice for Mexicali, while Luis Fonseca went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Mayos, who have lost four in a row. Gameday box score

Los Mochis 9, Hermosillo 1
A's prospect Andres Avila allowed a run on four hits over six innings out of the bullpen as the last-place Cañeros cruised to their second straight win. Former White Sox Minor Leaguer Jesus Avila homered twice and drove in four runs for Los Mochis, which got two doubles and three RBIs from former Major Leaguer Jason Botts. Eloy Gutierrez, who spent three years in the Dodgers system, supplied the Naranjeros' offense with his second homer. Gameday box score

Mazatlan 7, Culiacan 6
Enrique Osorio picked up two hits and four RBIs as the Venados built a seven-run lead, then held on to snap the first-place Tomateros' three-game winning streak. Former Minor League All-Star Chris Walker drilled a three-run homer and former Padres prospect Ryan Hinson struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings for Mazatlan. Cory Aldridge, Emmanuel Valdez and pinch-hitter Mario Valdez homered in a losing effort. Gameday box score

Guasave 7, Obregon 0
Former Major Leaguer Andrew Sisco struck out seven and gave up four hits over seven innings to halt a personal two-game slide as the Algodoñeros blanked the Yaquis. Mario Valenzuela hit a three-run homer and Jose Rodriguez added a solo shot for Guasave, while Barbaro Canizares accounted for half of Obregon's hits. Gameday box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Ponce 4, Mayaguez 0
Former Rockies Minor Leaguer Tomas Santiago allowed two hits and struck out five over six innings as the last-place Leones won their second straight. Rangers prospect Zach Zaneski went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and Royals prospect Christian Colon doubled, singled and scored a run for Ponce. Irving Falu (Royals) singled and walked in a losing effort. Box score

Santurce 3, Caguas 2
Former Minor Leaguer Geraldo Valentin singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cangrejeros grabbed sole possession of first place. Jeff Dominguez went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Santurce, while Carlos Rivera accounted for the Criollos' offense with his fifth homer. Box score

Carolina 5, Manati 2, 1st game
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina slugged a go-ahead three-run homer, helping the Gigantes win the first game of a doubleheader. Astros prospect Rene Garcia also went deep for Carolina, which got six strong innings from Minor League veteran Gaby Hernandez. Ruben Gotay delivered a two-run single for Manati. Box score

Carolina 4, Manati 1, 2nd game (makeup of 12/21)
Cubs prospect Ty'Relle Harris struck out five and yielded two hits over four scoreless innings as the Gigantes completed a sweep of their doubleheader. Cardinals prospect Anthony Garcia went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored for Carolina, while Ivan De Jesus (Red Sox) had two hits and scored the Atenienses' lone run. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 5, Gigantes 2
Pirates farmhand Kris Johnson struck out 11 and allowed one earned run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings in the Leones' fourth straight victory. Yankees prospect Melky Mesa drove in two runs, stole a base and scored twice, while Nationals prospect Eury Perez singled twice and scored a run for Escogido. Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz doubled and scored a run for the Gigantes, who have dropped three in a row. Box score

Gorkys Hernandez, Kris Johnson, Yadier Molina, Gerardo Parra