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Boise rallies past Yakima in the 9th, 5-4

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BOISE, Idaho-- Brendan Duffy's RBI single in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie, but the Boise Hawks used the help of a twilight night sky to score two times in the bottom of the ninth to spoil the Bears' comeback in a 5-4 win at Memorial Stadium Sunday night.

With one out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Rebel Ridling hit fly ball to right, but Roberto Rodriguez never saw it in the twilight sky as it fell to allow Ridling to reach second.  After a walk to pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty, pinch-hitter Ryan Keedy singled in the tying run to right, moving the winning run to third.  Ryan Sontag then hit a ball to drawn-in second baseman Joe Ayers, who threw home as Flaherty slid around the tag of catcher Jhoan Pimentel to make the Bears's 13th game of the season a truly unlucky one.

Down 3-0 after four innings, Yakima would come back to tie on an RBI single by Duffy in the fifth and a two-out two-run homerun by Andrew Fie in the sixth.  Yakima used scoreless relief from Jesus Cespedes and Jordan Meeker to set up their go-ahead run in the ninth.  Duffy's groundball base-hit past the drawn-in infield in the ninth drove home Rodriguez, who bunted his way on first, went to second on an error, and took third on a passed ball.

Ian Harrington pitched five innings, giving up three runs on one of the five hits he allowed - a three-run homerun to Ridling in the fourth.  He struck out one and did not walk a batter.

The Bears host the Spokane Indians in the first of a three-game series Monday night, with Gio Gautier on the mound at 7:05 p.m. at Yakima County Stadium.