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Gattis homers again for streaking Aguilas

Braves catching prospect goes yard for sixth time in eight games, plates three

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 12, Aragua 8
Braves catching prospect Evan Gattis went 3-for-5 with his league-leading 16th homer, three RBIs and three runs scored to power the Aguilas to their fifth straight win. D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra also had three hits and drove in two runs, while Reds prospect Henry Rodriguez had two hits and two RBIs for Zulia. Jonel Pacheco drove in five runs and fell a double shy of the cycle for the Tigres. Box score

Lara 5, Caracas 4
Braves farmhand Jose Yepez slugged his third homer in four games, a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning, as the Cardenales ended the Leones' three-game winning streak. Royals Minor Leaguer Paulo Orlando added a three-run blast for Lara, while Giants farmhand Daniel Mayora delivered an RBI double and scored a run for Caracas. Gameday box score

Caribes 5, Margarita 3
Blue Jays prospect Balbino Fuenmayor went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI single and two runs scored, leading the Caribes to their third consecutive victory. Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar had a two-run triple and Bruce Pugh (Twins) tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings for Anzoategui. Max Ramirez hit a two-run homer and scored twice for the Bravos. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Carolina 11, Manati 4
Former Major Leaguer Chris Pettit hit a grand slam and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina added a three-run shot, powering the Gigantes to their fourth consecutive win. Phillies prospect Julio Rodriguez struck out six and gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings for the victory, while Ivan De Jesus (Red Sox) drove in three runs for the Atenienses. Box score

Ponce 3, Santurce 1
Former Minor Leaguer Giancarlo Alvarado allowed a run on four hits over eight innings as the last-place Leones reeled off their third straight win. Nicolas Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and Jorge Jimenez also went yard for Ponce. Jeff Dominguez provided the Cangrejeros' offense with his second homer of the season, both in the last three games. Box score

Mayaguez 3, Caguas 1
Red Sox prospect Jeremy Kehrt gave up one run on three hits over six innings, helping the Indios shut down the Criollos. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado delivered a pair of run-scoring singles for Mayaguez, while Royals Minor Leaguer Rey Navarro doubled home Caguas' lone run. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Culiacan 6, Mazatlan 2
Braves newcomer Ramiro Peña singled twice, walked, drove in a run and scored once as the first-place Tomateros beat the Venados. Cesar Tapia also reached base three times, scored twice and contributed an RBI for Culiacan, while Ivan Terrazas doubled home a run for Mazatlan. Gameday box score

Obregon 7, Guasave 4, 11 innings
Doug Clark fell a triple shy of the cycle, drove in two runs and scored twice to help the Yaquis snap a five-game losing streak. Iker Franco smacked a two-run homer and Major League veteran Willy Taveras also had a pair of RBIs for Obregon, while Ivan Araujo and Japhet Amador homered for the Algodoñeros. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 4, Los Mochis 2
Major League veteran Dennys Reyes struck out six over seven strong innings as the Naranjeros avoided a third straight loss. Former Reds farmhand Jesse Gutierrez had two hits, including a solo homer, and Luis Borges was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Hermosillo. Sandy Madera went 3-for-4 and provided the Canñeros' offense with his 12th homer. Gameday box score

Mexicali 7, Navojoa 2
Jorge Guzman went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs off the bench to lead the Aguilas to their fourth straight win. Former Angels prospect Ricky Alvarez also had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for Mexicali, while Major League veteran Ben Broussard homered in a losing effort. Gameday box score

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