In the night cap of the Caribbean Series, host Mexico improved to 2-0 with a 7-2 victory over the Dominican Republic. Mexico collected 15 hits. The DR dropped to 0-2.
The DR actually had a lead until the fifth, when Mexico scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Former KC Royal Jason Bourgeois tripled in both runs (3-for-4 with two triples). Leadoff hitter Chris Roberson (Mexico) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Former Royal Yuniesky Betancourt went 0-for-5 with a run scored. He lined into a double play and committed two errors at shortstop (one cost Mexico a run).
Veteran lefty Oliver Perez struck out the side in the eighth for Mexico (around a hit batter). Two of those strikeouts were from the Solano brothers (Donovan and Jhonatan).
The DR collected six hits from six different players. Zoilo Almonte (Mexico) had the only extra base hit (a double) and drove in a run. Leadoff hitter Ronny Rodriguez (Cleveland) scored two runs.
Earlier in the day, Venezuela beat Puerto Rico, 4-3. Puerto Rico dropped to 0-2.
Former Washington National Jesus Flores hit a two-run home run in the top of the second (2-for-3). Infielders Ronny Cedeno (Mexico) and Freddy Galvis (Philadelphia) each collected two hits in the win. Galvis also stole two bases.
In the loss for Puerto Rico, former KC Royals Rey Navarro and Ruben Gotay each collected a hit. Gotay walked twice and scored a run. Ivan Dejesus Jr (Milwaukee) had two hits and an RBI.
*In today’s action, Puerto Rico plays Cuba in the day game, while Venezuela faces host Mexico in the night cap.