HILLSBORO, Ore. – It may have taken four innings, but the Spokane Indians finally got the bats going.
Joe Jackson doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, an inning after setting the table for Spokane to draw even, as the Indians held on to top the Hillsboro Hops 4-2 in Northwest League action Saturday at Hops Stadium.
Jackson, who had two of Spokane’s six hits, legged out an infield single to open the fifth. After two flyouts, a single and a hit-by-pitch, Kevin Torres connected on a two-RBI single to bring the Indians level.
Spokane (19-17) starter Yohander Mendez settled in after allowing a three-hit, two-run first inning. He held Hillsboro (10-26) at two before relinquishing the mound to reliever Alex De La Cruz at the start of the fifth.
De La Cruz (2-0) worked the next three innings for the win.
Keone Kela weathered an error in the ninth to preserve the Indians’ two-run lead for his second save of the season.
Ross Gerdeman (0-4) took the loss for the Hops.