Torreon, Coahuila — Back on the road and starting a three-game series, the Leones de Yucatan topped the Algodoneros Union Laguna 11-5 on Tuesday.
A lethal five-run rally in the fourth inning set the stage for the decisive victory at Estadio Revolucion.
Alex Liddi doubled and singled three times, driving home three runs, while Jonathan Jones singled three times, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple. Xavier Scruggs also contributed three runs to the final score.
Down 2-0 in the third, Laguna cut into the lead when Ciro Norzagaray hit an RBI single, driving in Adrian Gutierrez.
Yucatan answered in the next half-inning, scoring five runs to extend its lead. The Leones sent 10 men to the plate as Liddi and Yeison Asencio hit two-run doubles en route to the six-run lead.
The Leones later added three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. In the seventh, Jones and Liddi hit RBI singles, while Humberto Sosa hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Scruggs in the eighth.
Yoanner Negrin (8-4) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings. Frankie De La Cruz (5-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs and 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Michael Choice homered and singled twice, scoring two runs for the Algodoneros. Norzagaray tripled and singled twice, driving in a run and also scoring one.
With the win, Yucatan improved to 3-1 against Laguna this season.
The Leones will try to secure the series today (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m., when they send Dominican César Valdez (10-1, 2.51 ERA) to the mound to face Edgar Martínez (1-0, 5.54 ERA). The action can be followed live on La Comadre 98.5.
WP: Negrín (8–3)
LP: De La Cruz (5-3)
HR: Choice (10) for LAG
Sources: Leones, The Associated Press