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Leones' Rivero homers twice, drives in six

Nationals farmhand also singles, has hit safely in 10 of last 11 games

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 9, Magallanes 2
Nationals farmhand Carlos Rivero went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and six RBIs as the Leones climbed into a second-place tie with the Navegantes. Padres infielder Jesus Guzman added two hits and scored twice for Caracas, while Astros infielder Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Magallanes. Gameday box score

Lara 15, Zulia 6
Free agent Jose Lopez went 3-for-4 with three doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored to fuel a 22-hit attack as the Cardenales dealt the first-place Aguilas their third straight loss. Robert Perez and Luis Jimenez also drove in three runs apiece and former Orioles Minor Leaguer Raul Rivero tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Reds prospect Henry Rodriguez and Humberto Quintero each had two RBIs for Zulia. Box score

La Guaira at Margarita, doubleheader postponed (10/17 makeup game)

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 12, Gigantes 2
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte had two hits and drove in two runs as the Leones handed the Gigantes their third straight loss. Mets infielder Justin Turner delivered a two-run double and Indians catcher Carlos Santana scored three times for Escogido, which got six solid innings from former Major Leaguer Nelson Figueroa. Rangers prospect Leury Garcia had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Cibao. Box score

Toros 3, Licey 0
Phillies left-hander Raul Valdes struck out four over six innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Toros snapped a three-game losing streak. Ricardo Nanita (Blue Jays) was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI for Este, while Anderson Hernandez (Pirates) accounted for half of Licey's hits. Box score

Aguilas 8, Estrellas 7
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario had two hits, including a three-run homer that powered the Aguilas to their fourth straight victory. Former Marlins Minor Leaguer Juan Carlos Perez also went deep, while Efren Navarro (Angels) and Omar Luna each added two hits and an RBI for Cibaeñas. Twins prospect Miguel Sano and Phillies infielder Michael Martinez drove in two runs apiece in a losing effort. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Manati 9, Carolina 1
Former Cardinals prospect Tyler Herron struck out seven over six shutout innings as the Atenienses handed the Gigantes their third straight setback. Keiji Nakahara doubled twice, drove in three runs and scored once for Manati, while Astros prospect Enrique Hernandez doubled twice and scored a run for Carolina. Box score

Caguas 5, Mayaguez 4, 14 innings
Carlos Rivera homered with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to extend the first-place Criollos' winning streak to four games. Edgardo Baez -- who spent part of the season with the Orioles' Double-A affiliate -- collected four hits for Caguas, while Royals infielder Irving Falu had three hits and scored a run for the Indios. Box score

Santurce 5, Ponce 3
Orlando Mercado hit a two-run double and Felipe Lopez delivered a two-run single to cap a five-run fifth inning as the Cangrejeros beat the last-place Leones. Former Major Leaguer J.D. Durbin tossed four scoreless frames for Santurce, while Royals prospect Christian Colon went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Ponce. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mazatlan 9, Los Mochis 3
Ivan Terrazas and Heber Gomez each drove in three runs as the last-place Venados handed the Cañeros their fifth consecutive loss. Former Reds Minor Leaguer Humberto Sosa added a two-run homer for Mazatlan, while Tigers prospect Jamie Johnson walked and singled in a losing effort. Gameday box score

Obregon 5, Culiacan 4
Willy Taveras hit a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning as the Yaquis stunned the Tomateros to extend their winning streak to nine games. Barbaro Canizares drove in the other three runs for Obregon, which was down to its last out after the Tomateros got a two-run homer from Yankees prospect Ronnier Mustelier in the eighth and a leadoff blast from Marlon Byrd in the ninth. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 12, Guasave 4
Astros right-hander Edgar Gonzalez struck out nine over five scoreless innings, helping the Naranjeros end the Algodoñeros' five-game winning streak. Former Minor Leaguers Luis Garcia and Jesse Gutierrez both homered and drove in three runs for Hermosillo, while Orioles farmhand Zelous Wheeler homered, walked twice and scored twice for Guasave. Gameday box score

Mexicali 10, Navojoa 6
Pinch-hitter Luis Juarez slugged a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning, giving the Aguilas their first win of the second half. Free agent Yuniesky Betancourt chipped in three hits and three RBIs for Mexicali, while Wes Bankston homered and drove in four runs for Navojoa. Gameday box score

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