BOISE -- Francisco Sosa kept hitting, the Tri-City pitching staff kept throwing up blanks, and the Dust Devils -- of all things -- kept winning games.
Sosa had a double and a triple to spark Tri-City's hitting in a 5-3 win over the Boise Hawks on Wednesday. Shane Broyles gave the Dust Devils five strong innings on the mound before turning it over to the ever-reliable bullpen as Tri-City won its fourth straight game in Northwest League play.
The Dust Devils (9-11), who moved two games back of first-place Yakima in the East standings, were outhit by Boise (6-14) 9-7. But they took advantage of five walks and an error from the Hawks.
Sosa slugged an RBI double in the first inning, and tripled and scored in the third. He has a five-game hitting streak (8-for-17, .471) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and eight RBIs during the stretch.
Kyle Von Tungeln also continued his hot start with the Dust Devils, going 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. In his first four professional games, the 13th-round pick out of TCU is 6-for-16 (.375) with five runs scored, three RBIs and three walks.
Broyles gave up two runs and six hits, striking out six in five innings for his first win. Tyler Gagnon and Josh Hungerman held steady for three innings before Seth Willoughby threw a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his first save.