Cubs Jan. 4 Notebook

Christian Villanueva slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to lead Obregon to a playoff win in the Mexican League and Javier Baez knocked in a run as Santurce remained unbeaten in the Puerto Rican League playoffs.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
3B Christian Villanueva hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to give Obregon a 6-4 win over Mexicali, taking a 2-1 series lead. Heading into the at-bat, Villanueva was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.........Los Mochis beat Culiacan 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead and Jalisco made it three straight over Mazatlan with a 3-2 win.

Venezuelan Winter League
Zulia improved to 1-1 with a 3-1 win over La Guaria (0-1) and Magallanes (1-1) beat Caribes 1-0. Aragua leads round-robin play at 1-0. No Cubs players saw action on Sunday.

Dominican Winter League
Gigantes (5-2) took a two-game lead with a 2-1 win over Aguilas (3-4). Toros beat Estrellas 7-1 and both teams are 3-4........DH Manny Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double for Aguilas.......Estrellas LF Junior Lake went 0-for-3 with a walk and was picked off first. Starling Peralta got charged with two runs in 1.1 innings of relief for Estrellas.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Santurce (3-0) remained unbeaten with a 9-1 win over Caguas (1-2) and in 11 innings, Mayaguez (1-2) beat Carolina (1-2) 3-2. In the Santurce win, 2B Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a RBI and former Tennessee Smokies Joel Pineiro earned the win with 5.1 scoreless innings.

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