EUGENE – Diosbel Arias’ run-scoring single in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday completed a rally as the Spokane Indians edged the Eugene Emeralds 5-4 to open a Northwest League five-game series at PK Park.
The outcome kept the Indians (6-3) in first place in the North Division second-half standings, one game ahead of the other three teams.
The Indians trailed 3-0 when Curtis Terry started a three-run sixth with his league-leading 13th homer of the season. Troy Dixon added a two-run single to tie the game at 3.
Eugene (3-6 second half) retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Gustavo Polanco scored from third base after a strikeout and wild pitch by Indians reliever Kyle Keith.
Trailing 4-3, the Indians tied the game again on Tyler Depreta-Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Arias’ winning single scored Hasuan Viera, who had walked.
Werner Leal (2-3) earned the win with a hitless eighth inning. Sean Chandler picked up his second save, striking out two in the ninth.
Spokane leads the season series 5-1.
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