Major League Baseball All-Star Robinson Cano hit a two-run RBI single during a five-touchdown attack in the third inning, and the Estrellas Orientales defeated the Toros del Este 6-3 on Saturday to take command of the Dominican Baseball League.
The victory went to Ronel Blanco (1-0) with a blank one-third inning relief. The setback went to the record of Jake Thompson (0-1), punished with four touchdowns and five hits in just two innings.
At San Francisco De Macorís, Dennicher Carrasco hit a two-run homer to lead a three-touchdown offense in the top of the ninth inning, and the Tigres del Licey defeated the Gigantes del Cibao 8-5.
Former Major League Baseball player Emilio Bonifacio was 1-for-4 with three RBIs. Jorge Bonifacio added an RBI double of one more.
At Santo Domingo, Franchy Cordero hit a three-run homer and Ardelin Rodríguez added a solo home run in support of a solid start by David Kubiak. The Leones del Escogido defeated the Águilas Cibaeñas 4-2.
Kubiak (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings to claim victory. The loser was Major League Baseball veteran José Quintana (0-1), who allowed three touchdowns and four hits in four innings.
The Stars lead the circuit with a 9-5 record, followed by Eagles (8-6), Leones (7-7), Toros (6-8), Giants (6-6) and Tigres (6-8).