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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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