BOISE — The Tri-City Dust Devils and Boise Hawks put on a show Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, rapping out 13 runs on 27 hits between the two teams.
But it was the Hawks’ last two hits — a pair of ninth-inning RBI singles by Gioskar Amaya and Stephen Bruno — that made the difference in a 7-6 Northwest League victory.
Boise (7-14) snapped a four-game losing streak and ended a four-game winning streak by Tri-City (9-12), which dropped three games behind Yakima (12-9) in the East Division standings.
The Dust Devils fell behind early after Bijan Rademacher led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to right field. After a single by Amaya, Marco Hernandez hit an RBI triple to make it 2-0, and Stephen Bruno drove Hernandez home with a double to right for a 3-0 Hawks lead.
Tri-City scrapped back, however, with an RBI single from Jarod Berggren in the fourth and another from Patrick Hutcheson in the sixth. The Dust Devils took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by Francisco Sosa and an RBI double by Miguel De Leon.
Boise tied the score at 5 in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single to left by Willson Contreras, but Tri-City again took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth after a passed ball and a sacrifice bunt by Zach Osborne set up a run-scoring sacrifice fly by De Leon.
De Leon went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Osborne, Hutcheson, Berggren and Robert De La Cruz also added two hits apiece for the Dust Devils.
Brook Hart, who hadn’t given up a run in seven appearances this season, came on to pitch the ninth inning for Tri-City. He allowed a single and a walk to open the inning before Darien Martin moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt.
Amaya then singled to right to tie the score at 6. Marco Hernandez followed with a one-out grounder to Hutcheson at third base, and Hutcheson threw to catcher Michael Ramirez for the second out.
But Bruno ended the game with a single to right, scoring Amaya.
Amaya and Bruno combined for six hits, three runs and three RBIs, while Hernandez added two hits and two RBIs.
Hart (3-1) took the loss for Tri-City, while Bryce Shafer (1-0) got the win for the Hawks.