Tijuana, Baja Calf. — A fierce eighth-inning rally failed to save the day for Yucatan, which was back on the road Tuesday after a successful home series.
The Toros’ Maxwell Leon doubled twice and singled, driving home two runs to beat the Leones de Yucatan 6-5. Gabriel Gutierrez homered and singled twice with two runs for Tijuana.
Tijuana grabbed a 4-1 lead in the second after Xorge Carrillo scored on an error and Leon hit a two-run single.
After Tijuana added two runs, the Leones cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Alex Valdez hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run single by Jorge Flores.
Gerardo Sanchez (2-0) got the win in relief while Yucatan starter Miguel Pena (1-3) took the loss in the Mexican League game.
The second game of the series at the Chevron Stadium in Tijuana is tonight (Wednesday) at 9:45 p.m., with duel on the mound between Yucatan’s Jesse Estrada (2-0, 4.03 ERA), and Tijuana’s Gabriel García (1- 0, 5.40 ERA).
The game will be broadcast live on SIPSE TV and La Comadre 98.5.
Sources: AP, Leones