The Tri-City Dust Devils managed just two hits against Vancouver starter Ben White in a 1-0 seven-inning loss to the Canadians on Friday at Nat Bailey Stadium in British Columbia.
It was the second consecutive loss for Tri-City (3-5), which fell a game behind Yakima for first place in the East Division. Vancouver (6-2) took a half-game lead in the West.
Benjamin Hughes (0-1) started for the Dust Devils, allowing just a run on seven hits over five innings. But White tossed six shutout innings to improve to 1-1. Ian Kadish walked two batters with two outs in the seventh to put the tying run in scoring position, but he struck out Patrick Hutcheson to end the threat.
Hughes pitched out of trouble in the bottom of the first, hitting Derrick Chung to lead off the inning and then giving up a double to Dalton Pompey to put runners on second and third with no outs. But Hughes induced a popout and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
He wasn't as lucky in the third. Pompey tripled to open the frame and scored on a single to center by Balbino Fuenmayor to make it 1-0 Canadians.
The Dust Devils got a one-out double from Charlie Blackmon in the first inning and a two-out triple by Hutcheson in the fifth but could not bring them home.