KEIZER, Ore. – Salem-Keizer scored six runs in the third inning and both teams went hitless from there as the Volcanoes defeated the Spokane Indians 8-3 in a Northwest League game Saturday night.
Spokane collected all five of its hits over the first three innings when it grabbed a 3-2 lead. But Indians starter C.D. Pelham walked the bases full in the bottom of the third before giving up a two-out, two-run double. Kevin Lenik relieved but surrendered a single and two more doubles in the inning.
All five of the Indians’ hits were singles while Salem-Keizer had five doubles among its seven hits.
Spokane jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Blaine Prescott led off with a single, moved to third on a passed ball and ground out and scored on Anderson Tejeda’s single. Tejeda stole second and came home on Preston Scott’s hit.
Salem-Keizer used a pair of doubles and a single to pick up two runs in the second before the Indians scored their final run in the third after Charles Leblanc led off the inning with a single and scored on a two-out hit by Scott.
Pelham (0-3) lasted just 2 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five.
Lenik gave up the Volcanoes’ other three hits and two runs.
Clyde Kendrick, Chris Dula and Tyler Ferguson held Salem-Keizer hitless over the Volcanoes’ final four innings. Indians pitchers finished with 10 strikeouts.
The Volcanoes gave up eight walks.
There are two more games left in the five-game set with the Indians holding a 2-1 edge. They play the Volcanoes today and Monday before going to Tri-City for three games to wrap up the road trip.
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