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Mejia homers twice, brings home seven

Braves first baseman becomes Venezuelan Winter League's home run, RBI leader

Venezuelan Winter League

Zulia 12, Caracas 2
Braves farmhand Ernesto Mejia homered twice and drove in seven runs for the Aguilas, who scored seven runs in the first inning and five in the eighth. The 27-year-old first baseman leads the Venezuelan Winter League with 48 RBIs and is tied at the top with fellow Brave Evan Gattis with 16 homers. Jose Pirela (Yankees) doubled and drove in three runs from the top of the order. Giants farmhand Daniel Mayora went 4-for-4 with a solo blast for the Leones. Gameday box score

Magallanes 10, Margarita 1
Eliezer Alfonzo went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored in the rout. Jesus Flores doubled and plated two runs while Reegie Corona tallied two RBIs as well in the win. Gustavo Chacin allowed an unearned run on two hits over five strong innings. Box score

La Guaira 7, Aragua 5
A three-run homer by Renny Osuna highlighted a five-run third inning by the Tiburones, who had to hold off a similar five-run eighth by the Tigres to take the win. Les Walrond did his part, holding Aragua back for just five hits and three walks over six shutout innings. Guillermo Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the losing Aragua side. Box score

Anzoategui 10, Lara 9
Tigers prospect Niuman Romero's RBI single in the top of the ninth proved to be the game-winner for the Caribes. Luis Oliveros was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored before being lifted for a pinch runner in that ninth frame. Royals infielder Alcides Escobar went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Cardenales. Box score

Puerto Rican Winter League

Santurce 3, Manati 2
Brewers prospect Yadiel Rivera broke a 2-2 deadlock with a pinch-hit RBI groundout in the eighth inning to give the Cangrejeros the victory. Fellow Milwaukee farmhand Emmanuel Quiles went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, and Luis Rivera drove in Santurce's other run. Ricardo Gomez struck out three batters over a perfect 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to take the win. Eddie Camacho gave up one run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings but received a no-decision for the Atenienses. Box score

Caguas 2, Ponce 1
Efrain Nieves, who was selected by the Blue Jays in the Triple-A portion of the latest Rule 5 Draft, struck out seven and allowed only one hit in six shutout innings to lead the Criollos. Carlos Rivera provided the entire offense by hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Javier Vazquez, who did not appear in the Majors in 2012, fanned seven of his own while giving up two earned runs on four hits over six frames in the Leones loss. Box score

Mayaguez 8, Carolina 7, 10 innings
Twins' No. 6 prospect Eddie Rosario hit a walk-off single in the 10th for the Indios. Royals shortstop Irving Falu scored the winning run and went 4-for-6 with a triple and two RBIs from the top of the Mayaguez lineup. Adonis Garcia (Yankees) missed the cycle by a triple, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Justin Bour (Cubs) went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two walks for the Gigantes. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Cibaenas 3, Este 1
On the second day of round-robin play, 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez and Cardinals' top prospect Oscar Taveras both went deep to give the Aguilas their first win under the new format. Cibaenas starter Angel Castro scattered five hits over six scoreless innings, while Rays reliever Joel Peralta pitched a perfect ninth to take the save. Toros starter Alfredo Figaro did not earn a decision despite allowing just two hits over 5 1/3 frames. Box score

Escogido 12, Oriente 5
Alexi Casilla, who was claimed off waivers last month by the Orioles, missed the cycle by just a double, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Leones leadoff man. Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Red Sox first baseman Mauro Gomez hit a two-run homer and Indians slugger Carlos Santana contributed a double and two RBIs of his own in the onslaught. Alex Valdez smacked a two-run shot for the Estrellas. Box score

Mexican Winter League

Culiacan 6, Los Mochis 1
Yankees farmhand Ronnier Mustelier and Mario Valdez both drove in two, and Maxwell Leon contributed a solo homer for the victorious Tomateros. Rodrigo Lopez improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 0.94 after giving up only one run on two hits over five innings. Yancarlo Angulo plated the Caneros' only run with a solo homer in the third. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 5, Mazatlan 2
Jesse Gutierrez proved to be the difference for the Naranjeros after putting up three RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 performance. Garrett Mock picked up the victory after allowing one run on one hit and two walks over five frames. Jose Orozco hit a triple and drove in one of the two Venados runs. Gameday box score

Mexicali 4, Guasave 1
Edgar Osuna surrendered only one run on four hits in six strong innings to give the Aguilas the win. Jon Weber doubled and drove in a run while Yuniesky Betancourt (Royals) and Oscar Robles provided the other RBIs. Jose Felix (Rangers) went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Algodoneros. Gameday box score

Navojoa 8, Obregon 7, 10 innings
Abel Martinez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the Mayos squeaked by the Yaquis. Kraig Binick reached five times as the Navojoa leadoff man, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks. Barbaro Canizares hit a three-run homer, and Doug Clark also went deep for Obregon. Gameday box score