PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils entered play Saturday night the hottest team in the Northwest League, winning nine of their last eleven games. On top of that, they had the league leader in ERA, Jonnathan Aristil, starting the game on the mound. That proved to be a recipe for success, as the Dust Devils (33-32) climbed back above .500 with a 5-2 win over the Spokane Indians (43-22).
Charlie Blackmon set the tone for Tri-City, as he led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single and came around to score on a Patrick Rose base hit. The Dust Devils scored three more in the second, with Leonardo Reyes, Thomas Field, and Ryan Peisel all contributing singles and James Sims delivering a 2-RBI triple. That would prove to be all the offense Tri-City would need, with Spokane doing all their scoring for the night in the top of the third.
Aristil improved to 2-1 on the year after giving up two runs on five hits, while Matt Nevarez (4-2) took the loss for Spokane. Austin Chambliss earned his thirteenth save, tying him with Vancouver's Jose Guzman for the league lead. Sims clinched the win with a diving catch in the left-center gap to end the game.