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In the Caribbean Series:
Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3 – The Dominicans were leading 3-1 going into the 8th inning, but Mexico rallied for 2 runs in the top of the inning to tie the score. A single, a wild pitch, and a single brought in the first run before an out was recorded. Then with two outs (from two different relief pitchers), a walk and a single scored the tying run. The Dominicans went down in order in the bottom of the 8th, and the Mexicans came right back to break the tie in the top of the 9th with a 3-run homer. The Dominican Republic put two runners on in the bottom of the 9th, but could not score, and Mexico had the win.
Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2 – Two runs in the top of the 10th gave Puerto Rico this win. The Puerto Ricans began the scoring when a throwing error contributed to an unearned run in the 2nd inning. They scored again in the 3rd on a single, a walk by SS LuisFigueroa, a bunt that turned into a ground out at second (but they weren’t fast enough to turn two), and a sacrifice fly. Venezuela got onto the scoreboard in the 5th with a bases-loaded RBI ground out, then tied the score with the help of an error in the 7th inning. Puerto Rico threatened in the top of the 9th, but did not score until the top of the 10th. Figueroa walked, then moved to third on a bunt complicated by a throwing error. A hit batter loaded the bases, and Figueroa crossed the plate on a walk. The next batter also walked, forcing in an insurance run.
Mexico now leads the series with a 3-1 record. Venezuela is last with a 1-3 record, and both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are tied at 2-2.