The Tri-City Dust Devils outhit the Hillsboro Hops 7-6 but couldn’t put any runs across, losing 2-0 in a Northwest League game at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.
Wasted was another solid outing by Dust Devils pitcher Helmis Rodriguez, who allowed just two runs — only one earned — on six hits over seven innings. Despite losing his third consecutive decision, he lowered his NWL-leading ERA six points to 1.61.
In Rodriguez’s four starts on the road, Tri-City has given him just two runs of support in 27 innings.
Hops starter Ben Eckels was equally impressive, tossing seven scoreless innings to improve to 3-1. He struck out 11 in the process and walked just two. Dustin Loggins picked up his first save of the year despite allowing two hits in the ninth.
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Grant Heyman scored both runs for Hillsboro, which maintained a two-game lead over Boise in the South Division.