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Salem-Keizer eliminates Spokane Indians from first-half playoff chase

From staff reports

KEIZER, Ore. – There’s always the second half of the season for the Spokane Indians.

The Indians failed to hold a three-run lead Saturday and were eliminated from the Northwest League’s North Division first-half playoff chase during an 11-8 loss to Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium.

The Indians (16-20) had a chance to move closer to first-place Everett (19-17), which lost 9-0 in Boise, but their pitching fell apart after taking a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth.

The Volcanoes (18-18) struck for four runs in the sixth, capped by Kevin Rivera’s two-run triple, and withstood the Indians’ rally attempt with a two-run eighth.

The Indians led 3-1 after Julio Pablo Martinez’s sacrifice fly completed a three-run second.

Spokane added three in the fifth, topped by Scott Kapers’ two-run homer.

For Spokane, Curtis Terry finished 4 for 5; Cristian Iona was 2 for 3 with three runs; and Jax Biggers and Kapers drove in two runs apiece.

Everett will try to hold off Vancouver (18-18) and Tri-City (17-19) with the first half down to two games.

Spokane begins the second half Tuesday at home against Tri-City.

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