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MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Venados de Mazatlan  16,  Tomateros de Culiacan  2

Culiacan had the early lead with 2 runs in the 2nd inning.  Former Pirate LF Luis Cruz walked and scored in that inning.  But it was all Mazatlan after that.  A sacrifice fly and a 2-run homer gave Los Venados a 3-2 lead in the 3rd.  All was quiet until the 7th, when two walks and a single loaded the bases for RF Rogelio Noris.  Noris, the hometown hero, blasted a grand slam over the center field wall for a 7-2 lead.  Mazatlan scored twice more in that inning.  Noris walked and scored in the 4-run 8th, and Los Venados added 3 more runs in the top of the 9th.

 

VENZUELAN LEAGUE  -- season openers

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