TEAM DOMINICAN 12, ASTROS 8
at Kissimmee, Fla.
Sunday, March 5
Team Dominican at the plate:
David "Big Papi" Ortiz knocked a solo homer off right-handed prospect Chris Sampson in the sixth to begin a three-run inning. The Dominican club also plated three in the fifth off knuckleballer Steve Sparks. Adrian Beltre led off the frame with a double to left and scored on Juan Encarnacion's double, also hit to left. Alfonso Soriano drove in Encarnacion with a single to left, and Miguel Tejada drove in the final run with a base hit to center.
Astros at the plate:
The Astros' big inning was the fifth. Lance Berkman led off with a single to center, moved to third on Morgan Ensberg's double and scored on a base hit by Preston Wilson. Chris Burke doubled to drive in both runners.
Team Dominican on the mound:
Starter Francisco Liriano allowed one unearned run on no hits with two walks and four strikeouts over two innings.
Astros right-hander Juan Gutierrez pitched the ninth for Houston, and then he changed uniforms and threw the bottom of the inning for the Dominican club.
Astros on the mound:
Starter Ezequiel Astacio struggled with his control, walking four while yielding two runs on three hits and striking out one in two innings.
The Astros will host the Nationals at Osceola County Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. CT.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.