Hermosillo won the opener at home by a 4-3 score as Humberto Cota (pictured) knocked out a two-run homer to support starter Edgar Gonzalez, then followed with a 3-2 win behind seven innings of one-run pitching by Travis Blackley. After the Naranjeros beat the Mayos, 12-7, in Navojoa as Cota smashed three homers, the regular season champs held a 3-0 series lead.
The Mayos clawed back with a pair of wins, bopping Hermosillo, 9-5, last Wednesday and taking an 8-3 win on Thursday. Amaury Cazana hit a grand slam in Game 4, while Raul Lopez knocked out a three-run bomb in Game 5. After scoring just five runs in the two games on the road, the normally light-hitting Mayos exploded for 24 runs in three games at home.