Merida, Yucatan — Jorge Flores doubled twice, and Cesar Valdez allowed just three hits over six innings as the Leones de Yucatan defeated the Piratas de Campeche 6-1 on Sunday.
Valdez (9-0) allowed one run while striking out three to pick up the win. The Dominican native also became the first pitcher to reach nine victories in the current Mexican Baseball League season.
Yucatan took the lead in the first when it crossed the plate for three runs, including a single by Luis Juarez that scored Alex Liddi.
After Yucatan added a run in the third when Yeison Asencio scored on a forceout, the Piratas cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Henry Alejandro Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jasson Atondo.
Manuel Flores (3-3) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits in the Mexican League game. He also struck out five and walked one.
The Leones will travel to Cancun to face the Tigers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 8 p.m., at the Beto Ávila Stadium.
The “hairy ones” announced starters Miguel Peña, Yoanner Negrín and Jesse Estrada, while the Bengalis will send Jorge Luis Castillo, Marlon Arias and Wilfredo Boscan to the mound.
The three-game series can be enjoyed live on La Comadre 98.5, and also online.
Sources: Associated Press, Leones