Dominican Republic wins Caribbean Series

(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (AP) Los Leones del Escogido from the Dominican Republic won the Caribbean Series, beating Venezuela's Leones del Caracas 7-4 Sunday night in the final game of the six-day series.

The Dominican Republic finished 5-1, one game better than Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez (4-2). It's the third Caribbean Series title for the Dominican club and the 18th for a team from the Dominican Republic.

Raul Valdes pitched five innings to earn his second win of the series and the Dominican Republic scored four runs in the top of the first. Valdes gave up three hits and four runs, striking out five.

Indios beat Mexico's Los Naranjeros 8-2 in the earlier game Sunday, with Mariano Santiago tossing five innings for the win. Puerto Rico scored three runs in the second to break the game open with singles by Angel Sanchez and Jesus Feliciano, a double by Edwards Guzman and a triple from Miguel Abreu.

Mexico finished 2-4 in the series, and Venezuela was 1-5.

Updated February 8, 2010

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