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Marlins' Villaneuva proves almost unhittable

Marlins' Villaneuva proves almost unhittable

Marlins' Villaneuva proves almost unhittable
Dominican Winter League

Este 5, Escogido 0
Miami right-hander Elih Villanueva (1-1) scattered two hits over five innings and the bullpen took care of the rest as the Toros blanked the Leones to earn their fourth consecutive victory. Jose Constanza (Braves) was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI from the top of the order, and Rockies Major Leaguer Matt McBride was 2-for-3 with a homer -- his first in Winter League play -- and two RBIs. Orioles farmhand Pedro Florimon collected two hits in the loss. Giants hurler Justin Fitzgerald (1-1) surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over five innings for Escogido, which lost its third straight. Box score

Cibaenas 6, Licey 1
Tim Fedroff (Indians) went 3-for-4 and big league veteran Tim Corcoran (Dodgers) struck out six batters over 6 1/3 one-run innings as the Aguilas remained at the top of the standings with their fourth win in a row. Catcher Francisco Pena (Mets) doubled twice and plated three runs, and 2002 Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada slugged a two-run homer in his second game for Cibaenas. Right-hander Danny Salazar (Indians) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters over three innings, while shortstop Dee Gordon (Dodgers) collected two hits to raise his average to .339 in the loss. Box score

Cibao 6, Oriente 4
Shortstop Jean Segura (Brewers) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and designated hitter Jimmy Paredes (Astros) homered and drove in three runs as the Gigantes held off the Estrellas to move a game above .500. Orioles southpaw Pedro Viola (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory. Starting pitcher Kevin Pucetas (Nationals) surrendered two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters over 4 1/3 frames. Infielder Junior Lake (Cubs) recorded three doubles and an RBI out of the No. 2 hole, while A's outfield prospect Eliezer Mesa tripled and plated two runs for Oriente, which fell out of a tie for first place with its fourth consecutive defeat. Box score

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