KEIZER, Ore. – Small ball won out on Monday night.
Mark Minicozzi’s infield single off reliever Juan Maldonado scored Michael Mooney in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to a 5-4 victory over the Spokane Indians in Northwest League play.
The Indians (28-32) lost despite getting home runs from Taylor Teagarden, his fifth, and Joey Hooft, his first.
The Indians maintained a one-game lead over second-place Tri-City, which saw its four-game winning streak end.
The Volcanoes (35-25) did most of their damage in the first inning against Spokane starter Broc Coffman, who surrendered three runs, one earned, after opening the game with two quick outs.
Steve Murphy’s RBI single staked the Indians to a 1-0 lead in the first.
Hooft’s solo homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the second and the Indians pulled even in the third on Teagarden’s solo shot.
S-K retook the lead and ended Coffman’s night with a run in the third.
John Mayberry doubled and scored on Freddie Thon’s double-play grounder in the fourth for Spokane.
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