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Indians outlast Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. – Janluis Castro stroked a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 13th inning to propel the Spokane Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Eugene Emeralds in Northwest League baseball action on Sunday.

Spokane’s rally started when Marcus Greene singled with two outs. Jordan Akins followed with a double to set the stage for Castro.

Spokane improved to 7-10 in the second half and 27-28 overall. Eugene fell to 9-8, 22-32.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Akins doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Cordell.

Spokane stretched its lead to 2-0 with a run in sixth. Greene doubled with one out and scored on Castro’s two-out double.

Eugene bounced back with a run in the eighth off Spokane reliever Josh Straka and a run in the ninth off closer Justin Sprenger.

Abel De Los Santos upped his record to 3-1 with three shutout innings to close out the game. He did not allow a hit and struck out two.

Spokane starter Ryne Slack was nearly unhittable in his five innings of work. He surrendered just one hit and allowed one walk while striking out seven.

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