The Tri-City Dust Devils scored in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night to take a 4-3 decision off the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, winning in extra innings for the second consecutive night.
The Dust Devils broke a 10-game home losing streak Thursday night with a 4-3 win in 13 innings over the Volcanoes. They were looking to post back-to-back home wins for the first time since June 22-23, when they beat Eugene 6-4 and 5-1.
Renaldo Jenkins singled in Denzel Richardson for the winning run.
Salem-Keizer jumped on Tri-City starter Joel Payamps early. Trouble started with the very first batter, Seth Harrison, who drew a walk and stole second base. A wild pitch sent Harrison to third, and a single by Austin Slater made it 1-0 Volcanoes.
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Skyler Ewing then walked, and Payamps overthrew second base on a pickoff throw, sending Slater to third. A double to right field by Hunter Cole scored Slater to make it 2-0 and put Ewing on third.
Travious Relaford plated Ewing with an RBI grounder to first, and Salem-Keizer took a commanding 3-0 first-inning lead.
Payamps settled down after that but lasted just two more innings thanks to a high pitch count. The Tri-City bullpen kept things from getting out of hand over the next six innings, allowing just two hits to hold the Volcanoes at 3 runs.
Meanwhile, the Dust Devils outhit S-K by almost a 2-1 margin and kept scrapping back little by little. Shane Hoelscher led off the bottom of the second with a double to right field, took third on a throwing error by Volcanoes pitcher Ethan Miller and scored on a single to left by Jairo Rosario to make it 3-1 S-K.
Tri-City tied it in the bottom of the eighth, as Hoelscher hit a one-out single to left and scored on a triple to the left-center field wall by Miguel Dilone. Jenkins then drove in Dilone with a sacrifice fly to right, tying the score at 3.
Notes: 3B Shane Hoelscher made two strong defensive plays, leaping up to stab an eighth-inning liner by Hunter Cole and then diving to his left to stop a hard grounder by Rene Melendez in the ninth, after which he popped up and threw to second for a force out. ... Today’s starters are RHP Ryan Warner (1-3, 5.40 ERA) for Tri-City and Jason Forjet (4-0, 3.73 ERA) for S-K.
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