The Tri-City Dust Devils hung on to a one-run lead for most of Sunday’s game against Hillsboro and entered the ninth with a chance at its fourth consecutive victory over the Hops.
But Hillsboro had other ideas.
The Hops unleashed their bats in the top of the inning, scoring five runs and rallying for a 6-2 win at Gesa Stadium.
All five runs in the ninth were charged to Luis Hernandez, who fell to 1-4 with his second blown save of the year. He struck out one and allowed five hits in two-thirds of an inning.
The Dust Devils and Hops each had seven pitchers in the game. Hillsboro reliever Ryan Burr (3-0) struck out two in a scoreless eighth.
The Dust Devils took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Jose Carlos Urena and Mason Smith. Hillsboro got a run back in the second off a wild pitch by Tri-City starter Brett Kennedy.
In the Hops’ ninth, Luis Veras drove in two with his one-out triple off Hernandez. Stephen Dezzi’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Sergio Alcantara gave Hillsboro a 5-2 lead.
Louis Distasio then entered for Hernandez and gave up two singles to make it 6-2 before getting out of the inning.
The Northwest League will face the Pioneer League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Spokane. The Dust Devils will hit the road to play the Everett AquaSox at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.