The Tri-City Dust Devils let a 5-2 lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth, giving up four runs to lose 6-5 to Salem-Keizer in a Northwest League game Sunday at Volcanoes Stadium.
Tri-City remained a game ahead of Vancouver in the North Division standings and two games up on Everett with eight games remaining in the regular season.
S-K had just one extra base hit all day, but got four of their 11 singles in the bottom of the ninth — two off Dylan Stamey and two off closer Josh Michalec. Stamey retired the first batter of the inning but gave up two singles, a walk and a wild pitch as the Volcanoes cut the lead to 5-3.
Michalec came in and immediately hit a batter, then gave up consecutive run-scoring singles to Ryder Jones and Aramis Garcia to win the game.
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Shane Hoelscher went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead Tri-City’s offense. Drew Weeks, Sam Bumpers and Robbie Perkins also had two hits apiece.
Logan Sawyer pitched well for the Dust Devils — allowing one earned run in six innings — in a no-decision. Michalec (1-3) took the loss.