Caracas. Dominican Republic defeated Thursday 8-3 am Mexico and became the first classified for the finals of the Caribbean Series Gran Caracas 2023, which will be held on Friday in the capital of Venezuela.

The Dominican nine awaits the winner of the other semi-final, which was later played between Colombia and Venezuela.

The Dominican Republic will attempt to win its 22nd title and first since 2021 when Sibeñas Eagles were crowned with a 4-1 victory Caguas Creole in the Mexican city of Mazatlan.

The Los Mochis, who grow canewho have a total of four titles in their history and who have not been crowned for 20 years Mexican Pacific League, bowed out of the tournament after dominating the first phase. Mexico has nine Caribbean titles.

In the semifinals, the first (Mexico, 5-2) faced the fourth (Dominican, 4-3) in the standings, the second (Venezuela, 5-2) against the third (Colombia, 4-3). Puerto Rico (4-3), Panama (3-4), Curacao (2-5) and Cuba (1-6) were eliminated in the first round.

Los Tigres de Licey, who have 23 Dominican League titles and a maximum of 10 crowns in the Caribbean Series, opened the scoring in the first section after touching a free kick Robinson Canowho advanced to third base on a hit from Jamaica Navarro and killed a fly from Mel Rojas Jr.

Gustavo Nunes added a run with a single in the second inning. In the fourth inning, the ninth-ranked Dominican scored three runs, two of which were hits Henry Urrutia. Emilio Boniface a separate house Louis Barrera who reached on the double.

The Mexican bats woke up in the bottom of the fourth inning and were down two runs with one out Julian Ornelas and the victim fly Jason Atondowith overloaded bases.

Calvin Gutierrez he caught a pitch that hung on the reliever Samuel Zazueta and knocked it out of the park in the seventh for 7-2.

Ornelas added his second run of the day for Mexico with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. until, Webster Rivas he made it 8-3 by rushing to the box.

opened and won Esmil Rogers (2-) and lost Mat Pobereyko (0-2).