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Winter Leagues: Epic comeback in Mexican league

Down five, Hermosillo plates six in eighth to gain edge in championship series

Mexican Pacific League

Hermosillo 6, Navojoa 5
In an unbelievable turn of events Friday night, Hermosillo scored six runs in the eighth inning to come away with a victory over Navojoa and take a 2-1 Championship Series lead. Daryle Ward was the biggest catalyst for the comeback, going 3-for-3 with a grand slam. Misael Valenzuela took his second loss of the playoffs, while Angels reliever Fernando Salas got his first win. He allowed no hits in 2 1/3 innings. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes 6, Caribes 5
Magallanes took a commanding lead in the Championship Series, going up three games to none against Caribes thanks to some timely hits by the middle of the team's order on Friday night. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval led the way, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Mario Lisson and Juan Rivera each had an RBI. Edgar Martinez took the win, while Caribes' Jose Alvarez got the loss. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Escogido 8, Licey 0
Escogido pulled to within a game of Licey in the best-of-nine championship series, with Licey still up, 3-2, after Friday's loss. Licey managed just three hits against Escogido pitching, which included six solid innings from starter Jon Leicester. He allowed just three hits and struck out six in his first win of the playoffs. Five Escogido hitters had at least two hits, with Eury Perez and Pirates No. 2 prospect Gregory Polanco each getting three hits. Box score

Puerto Rican League

Mayaguez 7, Caguas 4
Mayaguez got an important victory on Friday night over Caguas to take a 3-2 lead in the Championship Series. Randy Ruiz and Daniel Ortiz led the way for Mayaguez. Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs, while Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs. Andres Santiago took the loss for Caguas, while Pat McCoy got the win for Mayaguez. Box score

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for