PASCO – After falling in a 14-inning game a night before, the Spokane Indians rallied to beat the Tri-City Dust Devils with two late runs and a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.
Ishia Kiner-Falefa scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning after Josh Morgan brought home the tying run in the eighth as Spokane knocked off Tri-City at Gesa Stadium.
The Indians pulled even at 2 in the eighth inning when Morgan was plunked by Dust Devil relief pitcher Dylan Stamey with the bases loaded. Stamey, who entered at the start of the inning, had walked the two previous batters before hitting Morgan.
After Spokane reliever Shane McCain sat down Tri-City in order in the bottom of the eighth, Kiner-Falefa led off the ninth with a double to right. A sac bunt moved the Indians shortstop to third before Diego Cedeno plated Kiner-Falefa with an RBI groundout.
McCain (2-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second win of the season. The lefty struck out seven with no walks over four innings. His ERA now sits at 0.31.
Josh Michalec (1-2) took the loss for Tri-City after relieving Stamey.
Morgan went 3 for 3 to up his average to .333 with Spokane.
On Wednesday, the Dust Devils outlasted the Indians 8-7 in 14 innings.
Spokane took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 14th, but Tri-City responded through Miguel Dilone in the bottom half.
Dilone delivered a bases-loaded, one-out single to right off of Ryan Ledbetter (1-2) to score two and bring the 4 hour, 55 minute marathon of a game to a close.
Spokane notched 13 hits on the night, all singles. Juremi Profar finished 3 for 6 and picked up his 28th RBI.
The game was delayed in the bottom of the third when Indians outfielder Pepe Cardona had to be helped off the field in an ambulance after a collision in right-center field.
Cardona was out of the hospital on Thursday.