Photo: Calixto N. Llanes/ JIT Newspaper

With 17 runs in the first inning, Sancti Spíritus knocked out Santiago de Cuba 19-4. In this way, he closed the gap from Industriales at the top of the II Cuban Elite Baseball League. The Roosters hit 13 of the 15 hits in the game, in which five of their players hit three hits each.

The Roosters' triumph at their José Antonio Huelga stadium was combined with the defeat of Industriales, 2-3 against Las Tunas at the Parque Latinoamericano.

The Blues were ahead 2-0 on the scoreboard when Yosvani Alarcón homered off reliever Frank Herrera with two runners on base in the eighth inning to complete the spectacular comeback.

This is the third victory for left-hander Dariel Góngora, who was snapped by the Lions on a 22-inning streak without allowing a run.

Meanwhile, in a duel at the 26 de Julio stadium, the local Artemisa, who hit 16 hits, maintained his good performance and won 15-12 against Matanzas, who connected 19 hits, but left 15 men in circulation.

Yoan Moreno stood out for the Hunters by going 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and four runs scored. Raul Gonzalez also homered for the winners.

Elian Moreno won and José Ángel García earned his second save. Third successive defeat for Noelvis Entenza.

(With information from ACN)