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Vegueros reach 40 wins in baseball series

The team from Pinar del Rio reached that figure by beating Cienfuegos.

Vegueros de Pinar del Río won their 40th victory in the 63rd National Baseball Series today, beating Cienfuegos 11×4 at their home stadium of Capitán San Luis.

Key to that success was the 14th home run by former major-leaguer Alexei Ramírez, who hit 4-3 in the game and drove in three runs. In addition, slugger William Saavedra contributed to the cause by connecting for 4-2 and fleeing a pair of teammates to the plate.

Sixth smile for Jenier Álvarez, who scattered six hits in seven innings and gave up four strikeouts.

The vueltabajeros now lead the tournament with a 40-19 record and are 3.5 games ahead of their closest rival Las Tunas (34-20, five games in hand), which won the day’s doubleheader against Holguín by scores of 9×4 and 5×4.

Leñadores Tuneros’ batting standout was Roberto Baldoquín, who hit a home run and drove in three runs.

A summary of the doubleheader reflects the third victory of reliever Rodolfo Díaz -in the first game-, and the sixth save by Alberto Pablo Civil, in the second, when the winners left 10 runners on the pads.

In another doubleheader of the day, Granma and Villa Clara split honours.

In the first hour, the Azucareros villaclareños triumphed (14×5), thanks to an 11-run ninth inning. In the closing inning, the Alazanes’ revenge came to fruition (5×4).

In the other results, Sancti Spíritus beat Industriales 6×1, Artemisa 8×7 against Matanzas, Mayabeque 7×3 against Isla de la Juventud, Ciego de Ávila 5×2 against Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba 8×4 against Camagüey.

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