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Garia leads Indians to win over Volcanoes

KEIZER, Ore. – Chris Garia had three hits and scored three runs to help propel the Spokane Indians to an 8-4 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Northwest League baseball action on Sunday.

The win over the South Divison-leading Volcanoes (19-11) gives Spokane (16-14) a .500 road record at 7-7.

The Indians took the lead two batters into the game and never trailed.

Garia led off the first with a single and scored on a double by Alberto Triunfel. Ryan Cordell followed with a single to move Triunfel to third and Kevin Torres singled to put the Indians up 2-0.

Spokane took control with a three-run fourth.

Joe Jackson reached first on an error and Cam Schiller doubled him to third base. Janluis Castro stroked a two-run single. Garia reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch for a 5-1 lead.

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