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Sosa's start helps Leones extend series lead

Major League veteran fans nine over 5 1/3 innings for Escogido

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 3, Aguilas 1
Former Major Leaguer Jorge Sosa didn't factor in the decision after surrendering one run on three hits while fanning nine over 5 1/3 innings as the Leones claimed a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-9 Dominican Winter League Championship Series on Monday.

Braves farmhand Mauro Gomez, Reds prospect Dennis Phipps and former Angels Minor Leaguer Orlando Mercado contributed RBIs during Escogido's eighth-inning rally. Raul Valdes, who signed with the Phillies in November, took the loss after allowing two runs and striking out nine over 7 1/3 innings for the visiting Aguilas. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Aragua 2, La Guaira 0
Yusmero Petit (Giants) allowed five hits and struck out four over six innings as the Tigres took the opening game of the Venezuelan Championship Series. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Dodgers farmhand Wil Ledezma earned the win after fanning two and allowing a hit in an inning of relief. Giants prospect Hector Sanchez singled twice in the loss for the Tiburones. Box score