MARACAY, Venezuela -- Just hours after their heartbreaking loss to host Venezuela, the Dominican Republic bounced back to soundly defeat Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series.
Behind a strong six-inning performance by right-hander Danny Tamayo, the Licey Tigers (D.R.) cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Carolina Giants (P.R.) in Maracay. With the triumph, the Dominican is right back in the hunt for first place in the round robin tournament, with a 3-1 record. Puerto Rico fell to 1-3 and is all but out of the running for the title.
The Dominicans broke the game open with a six-run seventh, pounding Puerto Rico relief pitching en route to their seventh consecutive victory over their Caribbean Series rivals since 2003.
Tamayo gave up two runs, five hits and a walk, striking out four.
Napoleon Calzado was 3-5 for the D.R., with two RBI, while Alexis Gomez went 2-4 with three runs scored.
Tamayo was the winning pitcher; Puerto Rican starter Josue Matos took the loss.
In Monday's action, the D.R. will face Mexico in the first game, while Puerto Rico will take on host Venezuela in the nightcap.