CULIACÁN, Mexico ( Associated Press) — A solid start by Javier Arturo López led Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón to a 3-0 win over Tomatoes de Culiacan on Sunday, losing for a seventh straight game and putting their qualifying aspirations in jeopardy. Interrupted by Postseason of the Mexican Pacific League.
López allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings to win the game, and Manny Barreda took the loss despite giving up just four hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in which he struck out nine opponents.
A two-run RBI single by Juan Carlos Gamboa that broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning was the final hit in the game.
In Jalisco, Venados de Mazatlán struck out with five runs in the second inning, earning a 6–3 win over Charros de Jalisco. Randy Romero had a great offensive night, going 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs to become the star of the game.
In Navojoa, Orlando Pina tied the game with a run-scoring double in the top of the ninth inning and then scored the winning run on Ramon Ramirez’s RBI single to propel the Algodoneros de Guasave to a 2–1 victory over the Mayos.
In Los Mochis, an RBI double by Rodolfo Amador and an RBI single by Wagner LaGrangene in the bottom of the eleventh inning overcame the deficit and left Naranjeros de Hermosillo on the field in a 3–2 victory for the Canaros.
At Mexicali, Ricardo Serrano went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI, Fernando Pérez went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run, two RBI and Gilberto Galávez had two RBI in the Sultan Day win. Scored 1 for 3. Monterrey defeated Águilas de Mexicali 12–1.
The Naranjeros head into the second round with a 19-9 record, followed by the Canaros (18-10), Yaquis (16-12), Algodoneros (15-13), Aguilas (14-14), Sultans (13-15) ), mayos (12–16), venados (12–16), charros (11–17) and tomateros (10–18).