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Morejon, Cuba end pool play with win vs. P.R.

Mexico tops D.R. in nightcap; semifinals matchups set
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The Caribbean Series continued Tuesday at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco, with Puerto Rico and Cuba facing off in the first game, followed by a matchup between the Dominican Republic and Mexico in the nightcap.

The semifinals are set for Wednesday, with Venezuela (2-2) and Puerto Rico (2-2) facing off in the first matchup and the Dominican Republic (2-2) taking on Cuba (3-1) in the second. The championship final is set for Thursday.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The Caribbean Series continued Tuesday at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco, with Puerto Rico and Cuba facing off in the first game, followed by a matchup between the Dominican Republic and Mexico in the nightcap.

The semifinals are set for Wednesday, with Venezuela (2-2) and Puerto Rico (2-2) facing off in the first matchup and the Dominican Republic (2-2) taking on Cuba (3-1) in the second. The championship final is set for Thursday.

GAME 1
Cuba 6, Puerto Rico 3

Catcher Frank Morejon had a pair of hits to pace Cuba's offense in a victory over Puerto Rico on the final day of pool play.

Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic entered the day having already qualified for the semifinals. 

Caribbean Series scoreboard

Puerto Rico did not waste any time. Right fielder Anthony Garcia hit a solo home run, his second homer of the series, in the bottom of the first inning. Cuba answered with a solo home run by Morejon in the third to tie the game.

Morejon stung Puerto Rico again in the fifth, this time with an RBI double that put his team ahead by one run. He eventually scored on a single by center fielder Roel Santos for a 3-1 cushion.

The resilient Puerto Rico team rallied in the fifth with back-to-back home runs by first baseman Ruben Gotay and left fielder Dayron Varona, tying the game at 3.

Morejon scored his third run on an RBI double by third baseman Raul Gonzalez in the seventh to break the tie. Cuba tacked on two runs in the top of the eighth, turning the one-run lead into a 6-3 advantage.

Caribbean Series info

NOTABLE PERFORMER
Morejon finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. In Cuba, he is known as one of the best defensive catchers in the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME
The offense did its part, but Cuba's pitching also deserves credit. Starter Ulfrido Garcia allowed three runs on six hits in five strong innings. Reliever Leandro Martinez pitched four innings of hitless relief, striking out two and walking one.

GAME 2
Mexico 8, Dominican Republic 1

Former Major League pitcher Sergio Mitre allowed one run in six innings to pace Mexico in a victory over the Dominican Republic in the final game for the home country in the Caribbean Series.

Mexico (1-3) was eliminated from championship contention Monday night.

Right fielder Sebastian Elizalde scored Mexico's first run in the first inning on an error and scored again, along with center fielder Justin Greene, on another error in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-0.

Former Major League infielder Alfredo Amezaga, who retired from Mexican Pacific League play after the game, hit a two-run triple in the sixth to push Mexico's lead to 5-1. Amezaga later scored on a two-run home run from Greene.

In one of the most memorable moments of the game, the crowd gave Amezaga a standing ovation, and his teammates embraced him outside of the dugout before his final at-bat in the eighth. He struck out swinging.

Mexico was seeking its fifth Caribbean Series title in the last nine years, with its most recent championship coming in 2016.

NOTABLE PERFORMER
Greene, who was drafted by the White Sox in 2008, was the catalyst at the top of Mexico's lineup. He finished 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. He also spent two seasons in the Minors with the D-backs and has played the last four years in Mexico.

PLAY OF THE GAME
It was a less-than-stellar performance for Mexico in this year's tournament, but Mitre did his part to make sure the country picked up at least one win. The right-handed pitcher struck out three and walked only one. He retired six of the first seven batters he faced and kept the Dominican Republic team off-balance at the plate throughout his outing.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.