Dominicans down Puerto Rico
Finish series in second-place tie with Venezuela
MAZATLAN, Mexico -- The Dominican Republic scored single runs in the third, fourth and eighth inning to beat Puerto Rico, 3-1, in the final game of the 2005 Caribbean Series on Monday morning.
A second-place finish was at stake for the Dominican team, which had been defeated by Mexico in the series-clinching game on Sunday night. The win gave the Dominican team a 3-3 record for the tournament, enough for it to finish the tournament in a second-place tie with Venezuela.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera went the first five innings to get the win. Bill Pulsipher pitched well in a losing effort, going eight innings for the Indios. Puerto Rico finished the Series with a 1-5 record.
The Dominican Republic scored its first run in the third, when Bernie Castro reached on an infield single and went to second on an error. After he stole third, he was driven in by Miguel Tejada.
Puerto Rico tied the score in the bottom of the inning, when Wil Nieves doubled and scored on Julios Matos' RBI single. But the Dominicans took the lead for good in the following inning, when Series All-Star catcher Alberto Castillo doubled in Ronnie Belliard. They added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Belliard that brought Luis Polonia home.
All-Stars and MVP announced: Mexican starting pitcher Francisco Campos, winner of two Series games, was the clear choice for MVP. The right-hander went a total of 16 innings, striking out 22. He gave up a total of six hits and allowed only the two runs that came around to score after he left Sunday night's game in the ninth inning.
Campos was one of six Mazatlan Venados to be named to the Series' All-Star team. Second baseman Miguel Flores, third baseman Vinny Castilla, left fielder Derrick White, designated hitter Erubiel Durazo and closer Luis Ayala were honored for their contributions to the championship team, and Mexico manager Juan Jose Pacho was named the top manager of the Series.
Venezuela had the next-largest number of All-Stars with three. Alex Cabrera, Rene Reyes and Ricardo Palma were the Tigres named to the squad. Representing the Dominican Republic team were Castillo at catcher and Tejada at shortstop. No player from Puerto Rico was named to the all-star team.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.