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Valbuena sparks rally for Cardenales

Cubs infielder hits bases-clearing double as Lara scores eight runs in the seventh

Venezuelan Winter League

Lara 8, Magallanes 5

Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena smacked a three-RBI double and scored twice in an eight-run seventh-inning rally for the Cardenales. Rangers prospect Yangervis Solarte drove in a run with a double and former Major Leaguer Robert Perez plated two. Carlos Zambrano (Marlins) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, but did not figure into the decision for the Navegantes. Box score

Caracas 5, Anzoategui 3

Nationals prospect Carlos Rivero slugged a two-run homer to pace the Leones to victory. Indians' No. 12 prospect Jesus Aguilar added a solo shot and Justin Thomas (Athletics) earned the win with two hitless innings of relief. Former Major Leaguer Jose Castillo homered and drove in three runs in the loss for the Caribes. Gameday box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 3, Guasave 1

Royals hurler Luis Mendoza struck out eight and allowed a run on four hits over six innings to give the Yaquis a 3-2 series lead. Former Braves prospect Barbaro Canizares slugged a two-run homer and Agustin Murrilo was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Free agent Ronny Paulino hit a solo homer in the loss for the Algodoneros. Gameday box score

Mazatlan 4, Mexicali 3

Former Cubs prospect Chris Walker drove in two runs to put the Venados a win away from clinching their opening-round series. Oswaldo Morejon was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Luis Vazquez earned the win after allowing one hit and fanning four over 3 2/3 shutout innings of relief. Free agent Yuniesky Betancourt slugged a solo homer for the Aguilas. Gameday box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Carolina 7, Santurce 6

Astros Minor Leaguer Carlos Corporan hit a pinch-hit two-run double to help rally the Gigantes. Dodgers farmhand Osvaldo Martinez homered and veteran reliever Fernando Cabrera, who spent 2012 in the Mets organization, fanned two in a hitless ninth inning to earn the save. Former Major Leaguer Luis Matos had three RBIs for the Cangrejeros. Box score

Mayaguez 3, Caguas 2

Former Phillies prospect Danny Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning as the Indios rallied to the win. Twins' No. 6 prospect Eddie Rosario singled and scored the game-winning run while Mets prospect Randy Fontanez tossed a perfect ninth for his third save. Former Braves prospect Michael Nix fanned nine and allowed two hits over six scoreless innings but did not figure into the decision for the Criollos. Box score