Tyler Ratliff homered twice and went 4 for 4 to lead the Spokane Indians to a 5-4 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the second of a five-game Northwest Leage series at Volcanoes Stadium on Sunday.
The win moved the Indians (18-14 second half) into a tie for first place in the North Division, even with the Vancouver Canadians and Tri-City Dust Devils, both of whom lost Sunday.
The Indians jumped ahead quickly in the first inning when Ratliff drove in two runs on his first homer of the night.
Spokane held the Volcanoes (12-20) off the board for seven innings, building a 5-0 lead after Ratliff homered for the second time in the fifth inning.
The Volcanoes rallied in the final innings, piling on three in the eighth that began with Bryce Johnson’s infield single.
Logan Baldwin reached after shortstop Chris Seise made a throwing error. Ryan Kirby followed with a single to to left field to score Johnson.
Baldwin scored following Orlando Garcia’s infield groundout. Kirby scored on a groundout to first, cutting the Indians’ lead to 5-3 after.
The Volcanoes scored once more in the ninth on a fielding error by second baseman Cristian Inoa. With two runners on, Indians relief pitcher Samir Vivas struck out Kirby to end the game.
Spokane outhit the Volcanoes 12-11 on Sunday. Matt Whatley, Chris Seise and Miguel Aparicio had a pair hits apiece for the Indains.
Indians starter Tyree Thompson (5-1) earned the win after throwing four strikeouts and allowing eight hits over seven innings.
The teams resume the series on Monday at 6:35 p.m.