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Arias sparks Aguilas to playoff victory

Dominican Winter League

Aguilas 5, Escogido 2
Giants infielder Joaquin Arias went 4-for-5 and scored a run as the Aguilas beat the Leones to move into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Former Marlins prospect Juan Carlos Perez homered and drove in two runs for Cibaeñas, which got three hits and a run scored from leadoff man Elian Herrera (Dodgers). Orioles newcomer Alexi Casilla had two hits and an RBI for Escogido. Box score

Estrellas 5, Toros 4, 12 innings
Carlos Colmenares capped a three-hit, two-RBI night with a run-scoring triple in the 12th inning as the Estrellas snapped the Toros' three-game playoff winning streak. Tigers farmhand Eliezer Mesa went 3-for-6 with a pair of triples and three runs scored, while Angels Minor Leaguer Luis Jimenez contributed a pair of RBIs for Oriente. Donell Linares and Diory Hernandez both had two hits and scored a run for Este. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Mayaguez 6, Santurce 0
Red Sox prospect Jeremy Kehrt scattered nine hits over seven innings, helping the Indios improve to 2-0 in the round-robin playoffs. Twins prospect Kennys Vargas and Adonis Garcia slugged two-run homers for Mayaguez, while former Mets farmhand Luis Garcia went 3-for-3 in a losing effort. Box score

Caguas 4, Carolina 3
Major League veteran Ramon Castro drove in three runs, two with a go-ahead double in the eighth inning, as the unbeaten Criollos rallied past the winless Gigantes. Blue Jays prospect Fernando Hernandez tossed five hitless innings for Caguas, yielding an unearned run on a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Former big leaguer Chris Pettit homered and drove in two runs for Carolina. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Lara 6, Caribes 1
Rangers farmhand Yangervis Solarte hit a solo homer, singled and scored twice in the Cardenales' first round-robin playoff win. Braves Minor Leaguer Yohan Flande did not figure in the decision after limiting the Caribes to a run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Twins prospect Oswaldo Arcia provided Anzoategui's offense with his second postseason homer. Box score

Zulia 3, Magallanes 1
A's newcomer Yeiper Castillo yielded one hit over three innings of scoreless relief, helping the Aguilas win their playoff opener. Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis delivered a two-run single and Reds prospect Felix Perez went 3-for-4, stole a base and scored twice for Zulia. Free agent Jesus Flores singled home the Navegantes' only run. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 5, Guasave 2, 11 innings
Juan Miranda and Sergio Contreras hit RBI singles in the 11th inning as the Yaquis took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 first-round playoff series. Contreras also ripped a two-run homer and Doug Clark went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Obregon. Jose Rodriguez collected three hits and an RBI for the Algodoñeros. Gameday box score

Culiacan 2, Hermosillo 1, 10 innings
Former Tigers farmhand Maxwell Leon delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Tomateros a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 series. Major League veteran Rodrigo Lopez struck out seven and gave up a run on six hits over seven innings for Culiacan, while Jose Aguilar went 3-for-5 and scored the Naranjeros' lone run. Gameday box score

Mexicali 7, Mazatlan 1
Former Major Leaguer Chris Roberson fell a triple shy of the cycle, drove in two runs and scored twice out of the leadoff spot as the Aguilas took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Ricky Alvarez and Roman Peña also had two RBIs apiece for Mexicali, while Enrique Osorio homered in a losing effort. Gameday box score


Oswaldo Arcia, Joaquin Arias, Freddy Galvis