Jared Simon lined a two-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tri-City Dust Devils the final runs they would need Friday in a 3-1 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Gesa Stadium.
The win clinched the Northwest League second-half East Division title for the Dust Devils (21-16, 43-32), who became the first team to win both halves in a season since the league changed formats before last season.
"Obviously it feels good to win the half," Dust Devils manager Freddie Ocasio said. "But the important thing is the players are playing with energy again and winning games going into the playoffs."
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