Ozuna hits 1st homer with Giants, who beat Toros

Marcell Ozuna hit his first home run of the winter season, and the Gigantes del Cibao defeated the Toros del Este 5-4 in the Dominican Baseball League on Friday.

Ozuna, Richard Ureña and Henry Urrutia each hit solo homers to support a solid effort by starter Tyler Alexander (2-2), who scored the win after covering six innings with three-run ball and five hits.

The loss went to Jorge Martínez (0-2), after allowing four touchdowns and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

In Santo Domingo, the Leones del Escogido unleashed a close encounter with a five-touchdown attack in the bottom of the eighth inning and ended up beating the Tigres del Licey 8-2.

Michael Beltré was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Sandy Diaz went 3-1 with two RBIs and Joe Dunand added an RBI double.

Iván Nova (1-0) scored the victory after launching five innings of just one career and two hits. The disaster went to the record of Steve Moyers (0-1), punished with three touchdowns and four hits in just one and two-thirds inning.

In San Pedro de Macorís, the Águilas Cibaeñas came back and beat the Estrellas Orientales 4-2.

Luis Valenzuela hit a two-run RBI single and Yairo Muñoz took advantage of a wild pitch to score, during a three-touchdown attack in the top of the ninth inning.

The Giants lead the circuit with a record of 11-8, followed by the Stars (10-8), Eagles (9-9), Leones (9-9), Toros (8-10) and Tigres (8-11).


Major League Baseball player Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run RBI double within a four-run attack in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Navegantes del Magallanes beat the Tigres de Aragua 7-4.

With this, the Navigators chain seven consecutive wins to extend their advantage as leaders of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Carlos Pérez hit a two-run home run, while Alberth Martínez and Gabriel Noriega added solo homers to round out the Navegantes offense.

Robert Zárate (4-0) allowed one run in his two-round relief and won the match. It was lost by Logan Duran (0-5), who is still in the middle of a terrible season and now allowed three touchdowns and three hits without taking outs in his relief.

In Maracaibo, the La Guaira Sharks beat the Águilas del Zulia 12-2. Kelvin Melean went 3-for-4-3 with a double and four RBIs, Junior Sosa also went 5-2 with a double and two RBIs, while Juan Fernández had two hits with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Ryan Flores (2-1) won with six brilliant scoreless innings allowing just two hits, and Cesar Jiménez lost (1-3) after allowing three runs and three hits in four 2/3 innings.

In Caracas, the Margarita Braves defeated the Caracas Leones 10-4. Breyvic Valera went 5-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Reinaldo Ilarraza went 4-2 with two RBIs, while Diego Rincones and Ramón Flores hit solo home runs.

At La Guaira, Balbino Fuenmayor answered a sacrifice fly to break a draw at the top of the ninth inning, and the Anzoátegui Caribes escaped with a 3-2 road win over the Lara Cardenales.

The Navigators lead the circuit with a 15-7 record, followed by Braves (14-10), Cardinals (12-11), Lions (12-11), Sharks (11-12), Tigers (10-13), Caribs (9-13) and Águilas (9-15).


Kevin Young drove in a couple of runs and Daniel Ortíz hit 3-2 with an RBI to give the Mayagüez Indians a 4-1 victory over the Santurce Cangrejeros in Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.

The Indians shattered Santurce’s six-game winning streak, and at the same time extended their own streak to six consecutive wins.

Nelvin Fuentes (2-0) retired three 1/3 scoreless innings as a reliever to win the game. The setback went to Jason Garcia’s record (1-1), after allowing four touchdowns and five hits in five innings.

At Caguas, Vismael Machin and Reymond Fuentes rocked RBI singles in support of a solid start by Alex Fagalde, and the Criollos defeated the Carolina Giants 3-1.

Fagalde (1-0), scored the victory after throwing five innings of just one career and three hits with five strikeouts. José Espada lost (0-1), after allowing two annotations and three hits in four innings.

Los Cangrejeros lead the circuit with a 8-2 record, followed by Indios (8-3), Criollos (4-5), Gigantes (3-7) and RA 12 (1-7).


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