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Winter League roundup: Sierra powers Gigantes

Blue Jays outfielder homers to help best Toros in Dominican Republic

Dominican Winter League

Gigantes 12, Toros 3 (8 innings)
Phillies No. 2 prospect Maikel Franco notched three hits, and the Blue Jays' Moises Sierra homered for Gigantes, which scored their final five runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Five Gigantes relievers, including winning pitcher Roman Colon, combined to give up one run over 4 2/3 innings. The Rockies' Jordan Pacheco and Jose Ramirez -- the Indians' No. 12 prospect -- both collected three hits for the Toros. Box score

Aguilas 5, Escogido 1
Aguilas had plenty of timely hits in Saturday's contest, going 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position against Escogido. The team had a three-run seventh inning thanks to RBI singles from Jermaine Curtis and Juan Perez. Lorenzo Barcelo got his second win of the season, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings. Box score

Estrellas 3, Licey 2
Alfredo Marte tied the game for Estrellas with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. An inning later, Yeison Asencio scored the go-ahead run when Indians No. 7 prospect Ronny Rodriguez reached on a fielding error by right fielder Domingo Santana. The Brewers' Juan Francisco had two hits and an RBI for Licey, which also got a solid five-inning start from Mariners right-hander Hector Noesi. Marcos Mateo struck out two in the ninth to pick up the save. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 11, Caracas 10 (10 innings)
Yankees prospect Jose Pirela put Zulia ahead with a two-run homer in the top of the 10th before Caracas' rally came up just short. Carlos Perez made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly, and Caracas loaded the bases with two outs, but Hassan Pena nailed down the save by getting Jesus Aguilar -- the Indians' No. 17 prospect -- on a flyout to center field. Caracas, which got four hits from Carlos Rivero and three from Casper Wells, scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game. Box score

Magallanes 3, Caribes 2
Mets prospects Allan Dykstra and Wilfredo Tovar combined to account for all of Magallanes' scoring in the third inning, with an RBI single and two-run single, respectively. Niuman Romero hit a solo homer in the seventh for Caribes, and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a double and scored thanks to two errors from right fielder Adonis Garcia. But Caribes got no closer, with Jose Ortega shutting the door in the ninth. Box score

Lara 10, La Guaira 8 (10 innings)
Lara scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th off Justin Friend after La Guaira pushed one across in the top of the frame to take the lead. Dodgers top prospect Joc Pederson doubled, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero hit a game-tying RBI single and Royals prospect Paulo Orlando smacked a walk-off two-run homer. Luis Sardinas, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect, went 4-for-6 for La Guaira, while Edgmer Escalona held Lara to three runs over seven innings. Box score

Margarita at Aragua, ppd.

Mexican Pacific League

Los Mochis 18, Guasave 4
What a game for the Los Mochis hitters, who had 22 hits on the night. Every starter had at least one hit. Sergio Perez had four hits and two RBIs, while Saul Soto had five RBIs and was one of six players with two hits. Manuel Flores took his second loss of the season, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Box score

Mazatlan 3, Obregon 2
A tight game throughout, the difference proved to be an RBI single by Jesse Castillo in the sixth inning. Four players, including Castillo, had two hits. Ryan Mulhern also had a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Arturo Lopez took his first loss of the season, allowing three runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. Box score

Hermosillo 6, Navojoa 0
Hermosillo's pitching had a dominant night, allowing no runs on five hits. Starter Hector Galvan got his second win of the season, allowing four hits in five innings. The bullpen allowed just one hit in four innings. Efren Navarro had two hits and three RBIs and Jose Aguilar had two hits and an RBI. Jose Oyervidez took his third loss of the season, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings. Box score

Culiacan 5, Mexicali 2
The Culiacan hitters had a great day at the plate, belting 10 hits. All but two starters had at least one hit. Culiacan's Emmanuel Valdez hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning, a two-run blast. Edgar Osuna took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Amauri Sanit was close to unhittable, allowing just one run on one hit in seven innings. Box score

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