Alabang earned another come-from-behind victory this time against Dumaguete, 10-6, Sunday to claim the early lead in the Baseball Philippines Series 9 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
In a near repeat of their first outing of the series, the Tigers got back from a five-run deficit romping to their second win in as many outings in the first weekend of the league. Alabang bounced back after trailing by a much bigger margin, 8-0, in the first inning to defeat Batangas, 13-12, in 11 innings.
The Tigers tied the game in the sixth inning when Matt Laurel scored on a throwing error before gaining headway in the game on another error to score Andro Cuyugan. Alabang added three runs in the seventh inning to gain breathing space.
In the first game, the Cebu Dolphins defeated defending champion Manila Sharks, 12-7, in their return match since the Series 8 championship series.
The Dolphins relied on a four-run fifth inning to win their first game since they lost to the Sharks to capture their third straight title last year.
Nico Uichico and Joannard Pareja were responsible for that fifth inning rampage as they each drilled two-run hits to break free from a 4-4 deadlock.
Cebu nailed its first win after dropping its debut game of the series against Dumaguete, 10-3, last Saturday.
Manila, meanwhile, was coming off an 8-2 victory over Taguig Patriots to begin their title-retention bid on a bright note.
The Sharks, however, could not stop the Dolphins in nailing crucial hits after a nip-and-tuck ballgame in the first four innings.