Marcell Ozuna hit his first home run of the winter season, and the Gigantes del Cibao defeated the Toros del Este 5-4 in the Dominican Baseball League on Friday.
Ozuna, Richard Ureña and Henry Urrutia each hit solo home runs to support a solid effort by starter Tyler Alexander (2-2), who scored the win after covering six innings with three-run ball and five hits.
The loss went to Jorge Martínez (0-2), after allowing four touchdowns and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
In Santo Domingo, the Leones del Escogido unraveled a tight encounter with a five-touchdown attack in the bottom of the eighth inning and ended up beating the Tigres del Licey 8-2.
Michael Beltré was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Sandy Diaz was 3-1 with two RBIs and Joe Dunand added an RBI double.
Iván Nova (1-0) scored the victory after launching five innings of just one career and two hits. The disaster went to the record of Steve Moyers (0-1), punished with three touchdowns and four hits in just one and two-thirds inning.
In San Pedro de Macorís, the Águilas Cibaeñas came back and beat the Estrellas Orientales 4-2.
Luis Valenzuela hit a two-run RBI single and Yairo Muñoz took advantage of a wild pitch to score, during a three-touchdown attack in the top of the ninth inning.
The Giants lead the circuit with a record of 11-8, followed by the Stars (10-8), Eagles (9-9), Leones (9-9), Toros (8-10) and Tigres (8-11).