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Tri-City moves in to first with 4-3 win

PASCO, Wash. - Brian Rike's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tri-City Dust Devils a 4-3 victory over the Eugene Emeralds and gave the Dust Devils sole possession of first place in the Northwest League East Division by half a game over Spokane.  It also completed a five game sweep of the Emeralds, who remain in second place in the West Division.

The Dust Devils got on the board in the third after Mike Mitchell scored a run on a balk by pitcher Matt Latos.  Doubles by Kevin Clark and Johnny Bowden led to two more runs in the sixth, and the Dust Devils remained ahead 3-0 until the top of the ninth.

Emerald scored three runs off Dust Devils closer Riquy Pena in the top of the ninth, the last two on a home run by Kellen Kulbacki.

Mitchell led the Tri-City rally in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out single to right field.  Mitchell stole second with Helder Velazquez at the plate, and scored from second on Rike's single to center field.  It was exciting.

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