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Villa flirts with no-hitter in Game 2 win

Former Minor Leaguer loses bid on two-out single in eighth, fans 10
Puerto Rican Winter League

Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Former Royals farmhand Kelvin Villa carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Danny Gonzalez singled with two outs as the Criollos grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Championship Series. Villa ended up allowing a run on two hits while striking out 10 over 7 2/3 frames. Giants prospect Johnny Monell went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for Caguas, which got three hits from Carlos Rivera. Irving Falu singled home the Indios' lone run. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 8, Aguilas 5
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 3-for-4 and scored twice, helping the Leones open a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Championship Series. Game 1 hero Jorge Cantu had a pair of RBIs for Escogido, while Dodgers newcomer Wilkin Castillo delivered a two-run single. Hector Luna went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer for the Aguilas, giving him a league-leading 20 RBIs in 19 playoff games. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Guasave 8, Mexicali 7
Jose Rodriguez singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Algodoñeros rallied to force a decisive seventh game in their semifinal series. Ronny Paulino homered and collected three RBIs and Orioles farmhand Zelous Wheeler singled twice, walked, drove in a run and scored twice for Guasave. Jorge Guzman slugged a three-run homer and Jon Weber and Yuniesky Betancourt added two-run shots for Mexicali. Gameday box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 4, Caracas 1
Former D-backs farmhand Cesar Valdez struck out six and gave up two hits over six shutout innings as the Aguilas handed the Leones their third straight round-robin playoff loss. Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis provided a spark at the top of the Zulia lineup, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Ernest Mejia (Braves) chipped in three hits, including his third postseason homer. Nationals Minor Leaguer Carlos Rivero provided Caracas' offense with his second playoff homer. Gameday box score

Lara 6, Magallanes 3
Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena continued his stellar postseason by going 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs as the Cardenales climbed into a first-place tie in the round-robin playoffs. Robert Perez contributed three hits, including his fourth postseason homer, for Lara, while Eliezer Alfonzo smacked a two-run shot in a losing effort. Box score

Freddy Galvis, Starling Marte, Kelvin Villa