Dominican, Venezuela get routs in Series

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- Miguel Tejada had two RBIs and
Anderson Hernandez scored three runs to lead the unbeaten Dominican
Republic to a 12-0 rout of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series on

Tejada, the Baltimore Orioles' star shortstop, went 2-for-3 with
a pair of runs. Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz had three RBIs
and Hernandez, a speedy New York Mets prospect, went 4-for-5.

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Fabio Castro held the Carolina
Giants (2-1) to a pair of hits in five innings. He struck out four
and walked three for the win.

Losing pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo lasted only one inning and
allowed six runs on seven hits.

The Dominican Republic's Cibao Eagles (3-0) face Venezuela's
Aragua Tigers (1-2) on Monday. Puerto Rico plays Mexico's
Hermosillo Naranjeros.

In Sunday's early game, Oscar Salazar homered and had five RBIs
to lead Venezuela to a 13-3 victory over Mexico.

It was the first win of the series for Venezuela. Mexico is 0-3
after losing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela
by a combined score of 33-4.

Salazar, who had a brief stint with the Detroit Tigers in 2002,
hit a two-run homer in a seven-run first inning and a bases-loaded
triple in a five-run sixth.