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Cabrera's late heroics lift Venezuela over Mexico

2/5/2006 - MLB

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.