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Indians fall in ninth

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Kent Walton’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Vancouver Canadians a 6-5 win over the Spokane Indians on Monday night in Northwest League action.

Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the inning, Vancouver’s Tyreace House and Conner Crumbliss singled off Spokane reliever Geuris Grullon (0-1). Justin King replaced Grullon and walked his first batter, Michael Gilmartin, to load the bases.

After the Canadians’ Anthony Aliotti struck out, Walton singled to right field to drive in the winning runs.

The Indians scored once in the seventh inning and twice in the eighth to take the lead after falling behind 4-2.

In the seventh inning, Cody Podraza grounded into a double play with the bases loaded but drove in Clark Murphy to pull Spokane within one run.

In the eighth, Miguel Velazquez hit a two-run home run to give the Indians a short-lived lead.

Edward Martinez and Joseph Bonadonna drove in a run each in the second inning as Spokane took an early 2-0 lead.

Vancouver responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, then scored three runs in the fifth with the help of two Indians errors to take a 4-2 lead.

Spokane starter Matt Thompson allowed seven runs – four earned – on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one batter.

The Indians return home tonight to open a five-game homestand against the Eugene Emeralds. Game time is 6:30.