SAN DIEGO – Former Tigers utility man Mike Aviles got four hits and drove in three runs as Puerto Rico, already assured a spot in the World Baseball Classic semifinals, beat Venezuela, 13-2, Saturday for its sixth straight win in the tournament.
Puerto Rico, runner-up to the Dominican Republic in the 2013 WBC, will play the Netherlands on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer and Angel Pagan added a double and two singles as Puerto Rico got 17 hits. A day earlier, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina helped Puerto Rico hold off the United States 6-5.
Starter Jose De Leon pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Martin Perez took the loss.
Venezuela lost to Puerto Rico for the second time in this year’s WBC. It fell 11-0 in an abbreviated…