KEIZER, Ore. – The Spokane Indians’ six-game winning streak came to end Thursday night with a 3-1 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, who halted a four-game skid.
The victory increased the Volcanoes’ Northwest League record to 31-15 in the West Division while the Indians, second in the East, fell to 20-26.
The Indians’ only run gave them a short-lived lead in the third inning.
Tommy Mendonca, who hit three home runs in the Indians’ victory on Wednesday, was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat. In his next at-bat in the third, he hit a two-out double to score Miguel Velazquez for a 1-0 lead.
Velazquez was called safe at home on a close play.
“That could have been a disaster right there,” said Volcanoes manager Tom Trebelhorn, who has had a testy series with the umpires, including an ejection. “(Catcher Eliezer) Zambrano’s pretty sure he was out, but I’m getting tired of arguing with these guys, they’ve beaten me. They’ve whipped me. I’m done with them. I’m too tired. They got me tired of complaining.”
The Volcanoes answered in the bottom half when Drew Biery hit the ball to Spokane shortstop Edward Martinez, but Martinez’s throw to first was wide and went into the Volcanoes’ dugout, allowing Evan Crawford to score from second.
That was the only run starter Robbie Ross gave up in his four innings. He allowed three hits and two walks while fanning five.
A change in pitchers resulted in an immediate and unfortunate change of fortune for the Indians as reliever Chris Matlock surrendered two runs on three hits in the Volcanoes’ fifth.
Both runs came home on a two-out single to center field by Juan Martinez, who was thrown out at second, but not until Dan Cook and Luke Anders had scored.
Matlock finished well, giving up only one hit the rest of the way with no walks while striking out four, but he still took his fourth loss without a victory.
Four Volcanoes pitchers combined to strike out 11 Indians.
The Salem Statesman-Journal contributed to this report.