VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Tri-City Dust Devils' pitching staff came up with another gem Friday at Nat Bailey Stadium in British Columbia, holding the Vancouver Canadians to just two runs on five hits.
Problem was, the Dust Devils (17-13) couldn't find any offense to support it. Tri-City finished the game with 10 runners left on base, leaving runners in scoring position in five of the nine innings.
Kevin Patterson hit an RBI triple to center field in the first inning, and Stephen McQuail followed with an RBI double to left to make it 2-0 Vancouver.
Dust Devils starter Tyler Gagnon and reliever William Rankin held the Canadians' bats scoreless on just two hits over the final eight innings.
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But four Vancouver pitchers scattered 10 Tri-City hits -- three apiece by Tyler Massey and Jayson Langfels.
The loss shaved the Dust Devils' East Division lead down to just one game, after second-place Yakima topped Everett 9-3.