HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Spokane Indians scored single runs in three of the first four innings and held on to defeat the Hillsboro Hops 3-2 on Thursday night at Ron Tonkin Field, snapping a five-game Northwest League losing streak.
Blaine Crim’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first scored Kellen Strahm, who led off the game with a single and advanced to third on a walk and a passed ball. Two innings later, Strahm made it 2-0, scoring on Kenen Irizarry’s single to right.
In the fourth, Cristian Inoa walked with two outs, advanced to third on Starling Joseph’s infield single and scored on Max Morales’ single to center.
The Hops responded with Steven Leyton’s RBI single in the fifth and Kristian Robinson’s solo homer in the sixth.
Righty Theo McDowell (1-1), who entered the game with one out in the bottom of the first, threw 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball, striking out four, for the win. Nick Starr closed it out with two innings of scoreless relief.
North Division-leading Spokane, which had lost 8 of 9, is back above .500 at 11-10; South-leading Hillsboro (14-7) lost at home for just the second time this season.
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