PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils used an early offensive outburst to defeat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and earn their fourth consecutive win Sunday night, 6-2. The win was the tenth in a row for the Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium and put them one victory away from their third straight series sweep at home.
The scoring came early on a blustery night at Gesa Stadium as the Dust Devils tallied two runs in the first inning, three more runs in the second, and another run in the fourth to complete their scoring for the night. Tri-City outfielder Kyle Von Tungeln led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Dust Devils shortstop Rosell Herrera also drove in two runs on the night while going 0-for-2. Catcher Tom Murphy and outfielder Derek Jones each went 1-for-4 with one run batted in as well.
The run-support was taken advantage of by the Dust Devils' starting pitcher, Tyler Gagnon (1-1), who earned his first win of the season in his second start. Gagnon allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk over five innings pitched. Relievers Andrew Brown, Adam Paulencu, and Matt Flemer combined to throw four shutout innings to secure the Dust Devils' win.
Salem-Keizer starting pitcher Joan Gregorio (3-4) took his fourth loss of the season, failing to get through the second inning. Gregorio allowed five runs on three hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The Dust Devils take on the Volcanoes in the series finale between the teams Monday night at Gesa Stadium. It will be Coca-Cola Monday at the ballpark, meaning all 22-ounce Coke products will be on sale for one dollar all game long for the final meeting between Tri-City and Salem-Keizer at Gesa Stadium this season. Righty T.J. Oakes will be the starting pitcher for the Dust Devils with Raymundo Montero starting on the mound for the Volcanoes.