Gonzalez duo, Silva propel host Mexico

Gonzalez duo, Silva propel host Mexico

MEXICALI, Mexico -- A deer moon-walked down the third baseline. An oversized chicken danced on the home dugout and a tambourine-carrying gorilla led a conga line up and down the concourse in the upper deck.

In the outfield, a Jack in the Box look-alike did back handsprings and in the batter's box, a Gonzalez put the ball in play.

It was a typical night of Mexican baseball at Estadio Casas GEO as the Mazatlan Venados (Spanish for "deer"), propelled by the Gonzalez brothers and solid pitching from Walter Silva -- who fanned 11 over seven innings -- topped Puerto Rico's Leones de Ponce, 3-2, in the nightcap of Day 1 of the 2009 Caribbean Series.

Players, fans and mascots cheered wildly when Mexican closer Hector Navarro struck out Raul Casanova for the final out of the game. The party had officially begun.

Mexico (1-0) will face Venezuela (1-0) Tuesday night. Puerto Rico (0-1) and the Dominican Republic (0-1) will square off in the matinee.

Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-3. Edgar went 1-for-4. The duo were responsible for all three runs.

"You win the first game and it gives you a little momentum," Adrian Gonzalez said. "I think tomorrow will be another test, but I'm happy with how we played. We won and it's a good start."

In the first inning, the Padres first baseman drove home Christian Quintero with a soft line drive to center field to put Mexico up, 1-0. Quintero was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Puerto Rico starter Giancarlo Alvarado.

In the sixth, Edgar Gonzalez hit a single to left field that scored Freddy Sandoval from second base to tie the game at 2. Sandoval had singled to left field and stole second base to get into scoring position with the elder Gonzalez at the plate.

In the seventh, Adrian Gonzalez broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Heber Gomez from third to give Mexico a 3-2 lead.

Gomez and Sandoval had two hits each.

"I'm happy for all of (Edgar's) success and I'm just glad to be able to share the field with him," Adrian Gonzalez said. "Every level, from the big leagues to Mazatlan to here in the Caribbean Series, we have been able to play together and all that is pretty special."

Alvarado was charged with five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings before yielding to Edward Buzachero in the sixth. Silva outdueled the Puerto Rican starter, allowing two runs on three hits over seven innings.

"I think we can play baseball the way we really can now that the first one is out of the way," Edgar Gonzalez said. "I think we were a little too hyped up in the beginning of the game but we eventually calmed down."

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.