Cabrera's late heroics lift Venezuela over Mexico

Updated: February 5, 2006, 11:43 PM ET
Associated Press

VALENCIA, Venezuela -- Alex Cabrera's 10th-inning RBI single with the bases loaded lifted Venezuela to a 4-3 victory over Mexico on Sunday as the Caracas Lions remained undefeated and moved one step closer to winning the Caribbean Series.

"It was for Venezuela, and the fans," Cabrera said. "We want to be champion, and we are going to do it."

In Maracay, Napoleon Calzado scored three runs and drove in two more as the Dominican Republic's Licey Tigers (3-1) defeated the Carolina Giants (1-3) of Puerto Rico 9-2.

Ramon Hernandez, the Baltimore Orioles' new catcher, homered in the sixth inning to put the Lions (4-0) on top 3-1, but Mexico (0-4) bounced back in the bottom of the ninth when Juan Canizales hit a two-run shot off Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez to tie it.

The Caribbean Series features the winners of the winter leagues in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico.

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