D.R. beats P.R. in Caribbean Series

Updated: February 4, 2009, 8:57 AM ET
Associated Press

MEXICALI, Mexico -- Fernando Martinez hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic's Licey Tigers beat Puerto Rico's Ponce Lions 2-1 for their first win in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico is 0-2 in the tournament.

The New York Mets prospect came into the game to pinch-hit for Salvador Paniagua in the seventh inning and went deep off Lions reliever Jose Vaquedano.

Tigers starter Alfredo Simon (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Vaquedano (0-1) allowed one run and walked one.

The Lions have lost nine consecutive games in their past three Caribbean Series appearances. They lost their last six games in their most-recent appearance in 2004, and their final game in the 1982 series in Mexico. Mexico's Hermosillo Naranjeros has the record for most consecutive loses in the Caribbean Series with 12.

Later, Venezuela's Hector Gimenez hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th and the Aragua Tigers beat Mexico's Mazatlan Venados 1-0 to remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

Gimenez homered off Mexico's fifth pitcher of the game, Jose Cobos (0-1). Marcos Carvajal (1-0) won in relief.

Venezuela (2-0) plays Puerto Rico (0-2) on Wednesday, and Mexico (1-1) faces the Dominican Republic (1-1).


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