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Monell goes yard twice in Caguas rout

Giants farmhand goes 3-for-5 with two homers, two RBIs, three runs scored in win

Puerto Rican Winter League

Caguas 9, Santurce 1
Giants farmhand Johnny Monell went 3-for-5 with two homers, two RBIs and three runs scored as Caguas routed Santurce on Wednesday to vault into first place. Carlos Rivera also homered and drove in a pair for the Criollos while Jorge Padilla and Roberto Pena (Astros) added two RBIs apiece. Caguas starter Michael Nix picked up his first win of the season, allowing a run on six hits over six innings while striking out five. Box score

Ponce 8, Manati 3
The Leones plated three runs in the first and three more in the seventh en route to an easy win over Manati. Ponce second baseman Jose Lozada (Nationals) drove in a game-high two runs on a pair of singles. Only one of Ponce's 13 hits went for extra bases -- a double by Jonathan Garcia in the bottom of the fifth. Box score

Mayaguez 6, Carolina 5
The Indios took an early 6-1 lead and held off a late Carolina rally to escape with a one-run win. Randy Ruiz (D-backs) blasted a three-run homer in the second and Daniel Ortiz (Twins) added a two-run double. Carolina's Pedro Valdes tallied a team-high two RBIs without recording a hit in the contest. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Obregon 4, Culiacan 2
The Yaquis scored two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to topple first-place Culiacan. Second baseman Carlos Valencia launched a two-run homer and Barbaro Canizares went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead Obregon. Arturo Lopez won his sixth game of the season, scattering two runs on two hits and five walks over seven innings, striking out eight. Gameday box score

Navojoa 5, Guasave 4
The Mayos scored on a pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the eighth inning to edge Guasave. The Algodoneros led 4-0 in the contest -- buoyed a two-run homer by Sergio Garcia -- but allowed five unanswered runs. Wes Bankston and Rolando Acosta both homered for Navojoa, with Bankston scoring twice and driving in a team-high two runs. Gameday box score

Los Mochis 8, Mazatlan 5
Last-place Los Mochis rode a three-run homer by Sandy Madera to win over Mazatlan. The Caneros built an 8-1 lead after two innings and withstood a Venados comeback. Ramon Orantes also homered for Los Mochis and Jesus Arredondo added a pair of RBIs Gameday box score

Mexicali 9, Hermosillo 2
The Aguilas rallied for eight runs over the final three innings to spur a blowout win over Hermosillo. Royals second baseman went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead Mexicali, while Ricky Alvarez also homered and drove in a pair of runs. Starter Edgar Gonzalez scattered eight hits but allowed just one run for the Aguilas, striking out five. Gameday box score