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Dust Devils Score Early, Stave Off Spokane Comeback

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Ledarious Clark stealing third in the Indians 8-4 loss to Tri-City. (Photo: Indians) Ledarious Clark stealing third in the Indians 8-4 loss to Tri-City. (Photo: Indians)

by Indians Media Relations

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Indians collected 12 hits, five more than the Dust Devils, but went just 3-for-11 with runners in position to allow Tri-City to top Spokane 8-4 on Wednesday Night in front of 4,269 fans at Avista Stadium.

After struggling in the first frame, Joe Palumbo got into his groove allowing just a single hit in innings two through four. Palumbo gave up three earned runs in the first, nearly matching his season total of four, pushing his season's ERA up to 2.45.

Spokane would take one back in the bottom half of the first inning after LeDarious Clark snapped his 0-for-18 skid. Clark lined one deep to center field for a leadoff triple. Jamie Potts, who finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, singled him home. Clark, despite the slump, still leads the league with a .370 average after going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Jeffrey Springs relieved Palumbo in the fifth inning, striking out one in 1.2 scoreless innings. Jason Richman added three more scoreless innings, walking three and striking out two. Tyler Davis finished the ninth, allowing one run on two hits.

The Indians made it interesting in the ninth inning, with five consecutive runners reaching base. Spokane plated three of them before Diego Cedeno struck out to end the game.

Todd McDonald, an free agent signed by the Texas Rangers out of Australia, made his season debut as he struck out pinch-hitting for Connor McKay.

Austin Allen, who has hit .320 in his past ten games, collected a two-out, bases-clearing triple to extend the Dust Devil lead to 7-1. Leadoff hitter Rod Boykin was on base five times, plating four runs for Tri-City.

Tri-City Dust Devils Release

The Tri-City Dust Devils scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back on Wednesday night, coming away with the 8-4 win over the Spokane Indians. Rod Boykin delivered at the plate for the Dust Devils, collecting two hits and scoring four runs. Austin Allen broke the game open in the fifth inning, driving home three runs with a bases clearing double. The win extends the Tri-City win streak to 5 games, longest for the team since 2011.

Right-hander Angel Mejia will start the middle game of the road series with Spokane on Thursday night. The Dust Devils will return to Gesa Stadium on Saturday to start a five-game series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. There will be a postgame fireworks show after Saturday's game presented by HiLine Engineering & Fabrication. Tickets are available by calling (509) 544-8789 or atwww.dustdevilsbaseball.com. Catch all the action Thursday on Newstalk 870 KFLD or online atwww.dustdevilsbaseball.com. Pregame coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

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