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Luis Maza and Ronny Cedeno had consecutive doubles in the top of the 18th to give Venezuela a 3-2 lead in the series opener, but the Dominican Republic tied it on Bernie Castro's single and won on Batista's sacrifice fly.
Miguel Tejada also homered for the Dominican Republic to tie Tony Armas' record for Caribbean Series home runs with 11. Batista also homered.
Armando Rios had four hits and two RBIs to lead Puerto Rico to
an 11-1 victory over Mexico in the late game.