Ali Sánchez hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Lara Cardinals rallied to defeat the Caracas Leones 3-1 on Thursday night in a game cut to seven innings by rain.
The Cardinals remain the only undefeated team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Yapson Gómez (1-0) retired the only batter he faced, and got the win. The setback went to the record of Ronald Herrera (0-1), after charging with two touchdowns in his relief of one and a third inning.
In Porlamar, Margarita’s Braves put together a five-touchdown attack in the first inning and defeated the Anzoátegui Caribes 7-2.
Dilson Herrera was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs, Frank Diaz drove in two runs on a single and David Rodriguez drove in one more with a single.
Jhenderson Hurtado (1-0) scored the win after retiring two scoreless innings as a reliever. Greg Minier lost (0-1), who could barely retire a batter and was punished with five touchdowns and four hits.
In Valencia, Arturo Nieto hit 3-3 with two RBIs, Alberth Martínez went 3-2 with an RBI and Alejandro de Aza added an RBI double in the victory of the Navegantes del Magallanes 4-3 over the Tiburones de La Guaira.
Yohander Méndez (1-0) retired a chapter and a third without allowing a touchdown to win the game. It was lost by Víctor Díaz (0-2), after conceding three touchdowns and seven hits in three and a third innings.
In Maracaibo, Osleivis Basabe went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs, José Herrera hit an RBI double of two more and Alí Castillo had two hits with a RBI to guide the Águilas del Zulia to a 6-2 victory. about the Tigres de Aragua.
Yohan Pino (1-0) scored the win after covering five innings and two-thirds of just two runs and five hits. The disaster went to the record of Ramón García (0-1), shaken with five touchdowns and five hits in two and two-thirds episodes.
The Cardinals lead the circuit with a 4-0 record, followed by Leones (3-2), Braves (2-2), Navegantes (2-2), Aguilas (2-3), Tigres (2-3), Caribes (1-2) and Sharks (1-3).
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LVBP: Lara dominates Lions and remains undefeated