Venezuela wins behind Freddy Garcia's strong outing

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Freddy Garcia pitched six effective innings to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers to a 2-1 victory over Puerto Rico's Santurce Cangrejeros in the opener of the Caribbean Series on Monday.

Mazatlan Venados of Mexico also got a win, defeating Escogido Leones of the host Dominican Republic 3-2.

Garcia, who played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball, allowed one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one.

"It was like magic," he said. "I felt really good on the mound, and I am proud to have pitched as I did."

Venezuela will play the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

In the second game, Justin Greene had two hits and scored two runs for Mexico. Leury Garcia had an inside-the-park homer for the Dominican Republic.

Mexico plays Ciego de Avila of Cuba on Tuesday.