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Indians erase large deficit but unable to hold on to victory

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Indians found themselves down 9-2 in the six inning and mounted a comeback to take the lead in the eighth inning. But the Eugene Emeralds wouldn't give up and scored two runs in the top of the ninth for an 11-10 final score Wednesday night at Avista Stadium.

The Emeralds made quick work out of Indians starter Keith Campbell, scoring seven runs in the first two innings. The Indians started chipping away at the lead with a two run home run by Tommy Mendonca in the bottom of the second. Eugene put up two more runs in the top of the sixth but the Indians started their comeback in the bottom, scoring four runs highlighted by doubles from Vincent DiFazio and Mendonca. Spokane took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Joe Bonadonna had a three run double.

Indians reliever Johnny Gunter picked up the blown save and the loss after giving up two runs in the top of the ninth. Starter Campbell lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up four hits and seven runs. Reliever Reiner Bermudez replaced Campbell and pitched 3.1 innings of no hit baseball while striking out six.

It was 10 K's for $10K Night and the Indians bullpen finished the night with nine strikeouts, one short of the 10 needed for a lucky Indians fan to walk away with $10,000. Spokane had nine after the first five innings, and was unable to get one more the remaining four innings.

Mendonca finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Bonadonna went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Indians return to Avista Stadium tomorrow for the third game of the five-game series against Eugene.

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