VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canadians rode a four-run first inning to a 6-2 Northwest League baseball victory over the Spokane Indians on Sunday afternoon.
The loss left the Indians, second in the North Division, 1 1/2 games behind Everett, while the third-place Canadians closed to within two games of Spokane.
The Canadians put together five of their 10 hits for the game in the first inning, along with a walk and an error, to take a 4-0 lead.
The Indians were held scoreless until the ninth when a couple of Vancouver errors set up an RBI single from Gabriel Roa.
Spokane had seven hits with none of the Indians with more than one. Indians starter David Ledbetter (3-3) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one.
Kyle Anderson (5-2) pitched seven scoreless innings for Vancouver, giving up four hits but no walks while fanning three.
The teams complete the three-game series with a game tonight before the Indians return home to open a three-game set against Everett on Wednesday.
The Indians have seven games remaining in the regular season, the final six against the division-leading AquaSox. Everett won the first-half title.
The Indians can reach the postseason by overtaking Everett, or if Everett wins the second half, by posting the second-best overall record in the division.