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08/26/2006 3:53 AM ET
Salgado pitches Leones past Sultanes
Yucatan grabs 2-1 lead in Mexican League finals
Eduardo Salgado cruised through the middle innings on Friday for Yucatan. (Eduardo G. Gonzalez)

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Eduardo Salgado pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Friday night as the Leones de Yucatan shut down the Sultanes de Monterrey, 3-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Mexican League championship series.

Salgado (1-1) scattered three hits and four walks while striking out three. He retired 12 of 13 Sultanes before Carlos Rodriguez singled and Dionys Cesar walked with two outs in the fifth. The 32-year-old right-hander regrouped and retired Miguel Flores on a groundout.

Jose Vargas retired all six batters he faced to notch his third postseason save.

The Leones did all of their scoring in the third. Jesus Castillo led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice and moved to third on a single by Donzell McDonald, who stole second. Luis Borges followed with a two-run single and Pedro Castellano lifted a sacrifice fly.

Alfredo Aceves (2-1) took the loss after yielding three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Edgar Quintero homered in the eighth for the Sultanes.

Game 4 is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Yucatan.

Zack Hample is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.