LOS MOCHIS 7, MAZATLAN 5 IN LOS MOCHIS
A five-run seventh gave Los Mochis a 7-3 lead. Juan Uriarte hit a three-run homer in the inning. For Mazatlan, Carlos Munoz was 2-for-4 with a home run, his sixth. Jose Luna also hit a two-run homer.
Stats: Isaac Paredes was 0-for-3 and is batting .383. Jose Augusto Figueroa was 0-for-5 and is batting .300. Alejandro Soto pitched two shutout innings and has an ERA of 2.89.
Record: Mazatlan is 27-29, tied for seventh with Culiacan in the Mexican League, nine games behind Obregon. They are 1.5 games behind sixth-place Jalisco.
Next game: Mazatlan is again at Los Mochis tonight.
The Gigantes will play Estrellas is the playoff semi-finals. That series will start January 2.
LARA 4, MAGALLANES 0 IN MAGALLANES (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Lara led 2-0 when Yonathan Mendoza's two-run homer put it out of reach. It was Mendoza's second homer. Yordanys Linares also homered, his fourth, and Osman Marval was 2-for-3. Nestor Molina pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out two. His ERA is 2.45.
MAGALLANES 3, LARA 2 IN MAGALLANES (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Osman Marval's two-run homer in the sixth cut the Magallanes led to 3-2, but Lara could do no more. It was Marval's first homer. Lara went with a bullpen game, using four pitchers for less than two innings each.
Stats: Ildemaro Vargas was 1-for-2 and is batting .341. Gorkys Hernandez was 0-for-3 and is batting .323. Carlos Rivero was 0-for-2 and is batting .306. Vicente Campos pitched a scoreless inning and has an ERA of 1.64.
Record: Lara is 17-12, in first place in the Venezuelan League West, a half game ahead of Magallanes.
Next game: Lara hosts Magallanes tonight.
Did not play. Mayaguez remains 12-4, in second place in the Puerto Rican League, one game behind Caguas. They are at Caguas tonight.
Did not play. Melbourne is 2-2, tied for first in the Australian League with Canberra and Sydney. Their next game is tomorrow, when they host Perth.