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Indians Pull Out Another Close One With Salem-Keizer

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Indians pulled out a 5-3 win over Salem-Keizer in another close one between the two clubs in front of 6,027 fans at Avista Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The Indians (14-20, 39-33) walked into a run in the bottom of the first, literally, with Luke Tendler drawing the free pass with the bases loaded to score Diego Cedeno. The Volcanoes (19-15, 37-34) got out of the jam thanks to a 6-4-3 double play.

Salem-Keizer got to Spokane starter Jason Hoppe in the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles from Aramis Garcia and Dylan Davis, loading the bases on the bunt with Hoppe earning a throwing error on the high throw to first when he fielded it. Austin Pettibone came on for the Indians in relief with the bases juiced. Travious Relaford lined a ball down the third-base line and plated two to give the Volcanoes a brief 2-1 lead before the Indians found a bit of fortune. Seth Spivey couldn't handle the liner at third, but threw out the runner at home and catcher Charles Moorman found Isiah Kiner-Falefa covering third for the rare 5-2-6 double play. 

Spokane returned the favor in the bottom of the frame by putting up a two spot on the scoreboard of its own. Luke Tendler led off with a double, Josh Morgan walked, Juremi Profar sacrificed them over to second and third with a bunt to set up Moorman with a high chopper over third to give the Indians the lead again, 3-2. 

Eduard Pinto gave Spokane an insurance run in the fifth when he came in to score on a Spivey single after working his way to second. Jose Trevino scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Josh Morgan single to right to add some cushion and round out the scoring. 

Pettibone settled in to pitch three innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts. Luis Pollorena pitched two innings of scoreless relief, with Johnny Fasola coming in to earn his fifth save in the top of the ninth.

Spivey finished his night 3-for-3 with an RBI and Moorman went 1-3 with 2 RBI. 

Spokane and Salem-Keizer will close out their five-game series in the Indians final regular season home game tomorrow night, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. PDT.

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