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VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Cardenales de Lara  15,  Tigres de Aragua  8

Four home runs by Los Tigres were not enough to keep up with Los Cardenales, who began the game with a 7-run top of the 1st.  Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard with 3 runs in the 3rd inning, on a home run by RF Jonel Pacheco (2-run homer) and 1B Hector Gimenez.  Another homer gave Aragua one more run in the 4th, but Los Cardenales scored 4 runs in the top of the 5th, and another 4 in the top of the 8th.  Los Tigres had their own 4-run inning in the 9th, including a 3-run homer for Pacheco's second blast of the game.  Jorge Cortes singled in the 2nd, then walked and scored in the 9th inning.

 

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