The Tri-City Dust Devils escaped a near disaster Wednesday at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, halting a late rally by the Canadians for a 5-3 Northwest League victory.
Tri-City starter Roberto Padilla tossed six brilliant innings, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts. Taylor Reid followed with two scoreless innings of relief.
With the Dust Devils leading 5-0 in the bottom of the ninth, reliever Trent Blank, a 30th-round draft pick out of Baylor, gave up a one-out single and then walked three batters to give the defending NWL champs their first run.
With two outs, Will Rankin came in and gave up a two-run single to Dalton Pompey before retiring the final batter, earning his second save of the year.
Tri-City (3-3) remained tied with Yakima (3-3) for first in the East Division. Vancouver (4-2) is locked in a three-way tie for first in the West with Eugene and Salem-Keizer.
Dust Devils first baseman Jordan Ribera stayed hot, going 2-for-4 with his team-leading fifth RBI -- a fifth-inning single to drive in Joey Wong to make it 3-0.
Tri-City catcher Tom Murphy, a third-round pick out of the University of Buffalo, made his first professional hit count. His second-inning double off Canadians' starter Eric Brown drove in Dillon Thomas to give the Dust Devils a 1-0 lead.
Murphy then came up in the fourth and grounded an RBI single up the middle to make it 2-0. He finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Matt Argyropoulos and Patrick Hutcheson each drove in a run with two outs in the eighth inning to make it 5-0 Tri-City.