Dominicans stop Venezuela in Caribbean Series

Updated: February 6, 2007, 12:31 AM ET
Associated Press

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- Julian Tavarez pitched a three-hiter into the sixth inning and the unbeaten Dominican Republic eliminated defending champion Venezuela from title contention in the Caribbean Series with a 7-1 win Monday.

It was the second time in four days that the Dominican Republic's Cibao Eagles (4-0) defeated Venezuela's Aragua Tigers (1-3), including a 4-3 victory in 18 innings on Friday.

In the late game Monday, Armando Rios hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning to send Puerto Rico to a 4-2 victory over winless Mexico.

With two days of competition remaining, Puerto Rico's Carolina Giants (3-1) are the only team still capable of beating out the Dominican Republic for the crown. Mexico (0-4) was eliminated on Sunday.

In the opener, Tony Batista hit an RBI double for the Dominican Republic and Jose Fernandez had a pair of RBI singles.

Tavarez, a reliever and occasional starter for the Boston Red Sox, tossed four perfect innings before giving up a leadoff single in the fifth. But he limped off the mound in the sixth with a sore right ankle.

Tavarez allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. The Dominican pitching staff has yielded only four runs in four games for a 0.80 ERA in the series.

Venezuela's lone run came in the fifth when Randall Simon scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Torrealba.

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