Ryan Cordell drilled a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning to propel the Spokane Indians to a 10-9 road victory over the Everett AquaSox in Northwest League action on Sunday.
Spokane improved to 7-10 on the season and handed North Division-leading Everett just its third loss to drop it to 14-3.
The Indians had to rally from way back to win this one.
Trailing 6-0 after four innings, the Indians exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Gabriel Roa was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Marcus Greene and Kevin Torres followed with singles to load the bases. Roberto Duran and Chris Garia each singled home runs to cut the lead to 6-2 with one out. Janluis Castro drove in a pair with a single and a third run scored on a throwing error to pull Spokane within 6-5. Castro moved to third base on a single by Cordell and scored on Roa’s single with two outs. By the end of the inning Spokane had scored seven runs on seven singles.
The Indians stretched their lead to 9-6 on Barrett Seratto’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh.
Everett added a run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to knot the score at 9-all.
Cordell’s blast in the ninth regained the lead for Spokane and Josh McElwee (1-0) got the last out of the eighth and struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the victory.
Cordell finished with three hits, including a double to go along with his first four-bagger of the season, and scored three runs for the Indians.
The AquaSox roughed up the first two Indians pitchers. They tagged starter Alex Gonzalez for three runs, two earned, on two hits in two innings and then roughed up reliever Kyle Castro for three runs on five hits in two innings. Sam Wolff stopped the bleeding for Spokane with a pair of shutout innings.
Spokane travels to Pasco to take on the Tri-City Dust Devils tonight at 7:15.
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