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Three runs in the third inning were all the Tigres del Licey needed to extinguish the Estrellas Orientales’ hopes of a trip to the Caribbean Series in game seven of the LIDOM championship series.
Gustavo Nunez and Dawel Lugo each had RBI singles and Ramon Hernandez had an RBI double in the third for the Tigres, who captured their 24th LIDOM title with a 3-2 victory Saturday night.
The Estrellas got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Webster Rivas scored on a wild pitch by the Tigres’ Brooks Hall. An RBI single in the seventh by Vidal Brujan scored Jose Barrero to draw the Estrellas within one, but they never threatened to tie the game.
Six Tigres pitchers combined to limit the Estrellas to two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out nine.
The Tigres will travel to Miami in pursuit of their 13th Caribbean Series title.
They’ll open on Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. at loanDepot Park against the representative of the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional – either the Cardenales de Lara or the Tiburones de La Guaira.
The Caribbean Series will be telecast on ESPN Deportes in the United States.
Cardenales 6, Tiburones 4 – The Cardenales de Lara took game four of the LVBP championship series 6-5 from the Tiburones de La Guaira, extending the series and avoiding a sweep Saturday night.
La Guaira took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run double by Yasiel Puig, but the Cardenales battled back with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning by Jermaine Palacios, and a two-run shot by Hernan Perez later in the inning gave Lara a 3-2 lead.
Yojhan Quevedo hit a two-run homer in the btotom of the second to give the Cardenales a 5-2 lead.
Maikel Garcia’s RBI single in the top of the four cut the Lara lead to two. Two innings later, Garcia hit into a fielder’s choice at first, and an error by Tiburones first baseman Rangel Ravelo allowed Danry Vasquez and Brayan Rocchio to score and tie the game.
Quevedo’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh scored Odubel Herrera with the winning run.
Game five is Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. EST and can be streamed live via Beisbolplay.com with a paid subscription.