VANCOUVER -- The Tri-City Dust Devils scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead but ended up giving it right back the next inning in a Northwest League loss to the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Tim Smalling went 3-for-4 with two runs and hit his NWL-leading seventh triple of the year to tie the score at one. Tyler Massey, Jared Simon and Leonardo Reyes each added RBI singles to cap the scoring in the third.
The Dust Devils (17-13 second half) remained in first place in the East Division, but Yakima (15-15) pulled to within two games with a 6-0 win at Everett. Tri-City already clinched a NWL playoff berth by winning the first-half title.
Vancouver (12-18) is six games behind first-place Everett with eight games left to play.
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Dust Devils starter Ricardo Ferrer (2-5) took the loss after giving up five runs -- all earned -- on seven hits in four innings. Canadians starter Zack Breault (2-1) earned the win despite allowing four runs on eight hits in 52/3 innings.
Balbino Fuenmayor led the Vancouver offense, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.