The Leones’ Jonathan Jones contributed heavily to his team’s playoff win on Saturday. Photo: Leones

Mexico City — The South Zone Championship Series got off to a good start for the Leones when Jonathan Jones hit a pair of solo homers and four hits to top the Diablos Rojos del Mexico 6-3 on Saturday.

Picking up the win, Yoanner Negrin (15-7) allowed just three hits and one run, while walking one, over seven innings.

It was the Diablos’ first home-game loss this season at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium.

Mexico cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third after Carlos Figueroa hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Armando Araiza.

After Yucatan added a run in the fifth on a single by Alex Liddi, the Leones extended their lead in the seventh inning when Luis Juarez hit a two-run home run.

The Leones tacked on another run in the ninth when Jones hit a solo home run.

The Diablos’ Matt Gage (10-6) went six innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He also struck out four and walked four.

Playoff action resumed at 1 p.m. today (Sunday) in Mexico City and comes to Merida’s Kukulcan Alamo Stadium starting Tuesday.

CLUB
123
456
789
RHE
YUC
110
010
201
670
MEX
001
000
002
371

PG: Negrín (1-0)

PD: Gage (0-1)

SV: None

HR: Jones 2 (2), Juárez (1) for YUC

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