The weather was no friend to the Tri-City Dust Devils during an 8-5 Northwest League loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Gesa Stadium.
With a stiff wind blowing out to left field, the Volcanoes (18-14) blasted three home runs and erased a 5-3 seventh-inning deficit with five runs over the final three frames to remain just one game off the South Division lead.
The news wasn’t all bad for Tri-City (17-15), which remained just one game out of first place in the North Division thanks to a road loss by Everett (18-14).
The Dust Devils took a 3-1 lead in the first on RBI singles by Austin Allen, Ty France and Kodie Tidwell. The Volcanoes tied it at 3 in the third but Carlos Belen put Tri-City up again 5-3 with a two-run home run to right center field. It was his first hit in five games.
But Shilo McCall tied things up for S-K in the top of the seventh, hitting a two-run homer to center off reliever Jerry Keel. The Volcanoes took a 7-5 lead in the top of the eighth as C.J. Hinojosa blasted a solo home run to left and Fernando Pujadas singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Chris Shaw added a solo homer for S-K in the ninth to make it 8-5.
Chris Halstead (1-0) got the win for the Volcanoes. Lou Distasio (1-1) took the loss for Tri-City.
Around the league
Hillsboro (19-13) won 4-3 against Everett to tighten up the North Division race. Spokane (16-16) won 8-3 at Boise (11-21) to move to two games behind the lead, and Vancouver (13-19) recorded an 8-0 shutout of visiting Eugene (16-16).
Dust Devils shortstop Peter Van Gansen dove to his right to glove Shilo McCall’s sinking line drive that led off the sixth inning, snagging it just before it hit the infield dirt.
Streaks & stats
Tri-City: Jose Carlos Urena reached base for the 23rd game in a row with a seventh inning walk. ... Ty France pushed his hitting streak to five games ... Carlos Belen broke an 0-for-15 slump with his third-inning home run. Salem-Keizer: Miguel Gomez, the NWL’s leading hitter coming into Monday, extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... Hinojosa hit in his 10th consecutive game.
Tri-City will send out RHP Angel Mejia (1-2, 6.66 ERA) for Game 4. S-K will counter with RHP Nolan Riggs (2-1, 1.88 ERA).