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Venezuela beats Puerto Rico 4-3 in Caribbean Series

MEXICO CITY (AP) Jesus Flores homered and drove in two runs, sending Venezuela to a 4-3 victory over Puerto Rico on Thursday night in the second day of play at the Caribbean Series.

Omar Bencomo allowed one run over five innings for Venezuela's Aguilas de Zulia, who scored three times in the second against the Criollos de Caguas.

The 27-year-old Bencomo, a member of the Minnesota Twins organization who spent part of last season with Triple-A Rochester, gave up four hits and struck out six in earning the win for the Venezuelans, who were off during the first day of competition.

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Adalberto Flores took the loss after yielding five hits and four runs, two earned, in four innings.

Puerto Rico has dropped both its games in the tournament and will play Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the upcoming days.

In the Caribbean Series, five teams play against each other in the first round and the top four advance to the semifinals.