Hillsboro put on a power display Friday night at Avista Stadium.
Tim Tawa went 4 for 6 with a homer and five RBIs as the Hops rapped out 19 hits and blasted four home runs in a 12-3 win over Spokane (30-29) in the fourth of a six-game High-A Northwest League series.
It was the second consecutive loss for the Indians (30-29) after winning the first two games of the series.
Spokane starter Will Ethridge was roughed up for five runs on eight hits – including three homers – over five innings.
The Indians’ Zac Veen stole home to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning, but Spokane’s offense stalled. Hillsboro (28-31) was just getting rolling.
A.J. Vukovich hit a two-run shot in the fifth to give the Hops a 5-3 edge.
Hillsboro added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Shane Muntz. The Hops put the game out of reach with four more runs in the seventh. Tawa, whose two-run homer in the third gave Hillsboro a 3-2 lead, capped the seventh-inning outburst with a two-run double.
Adrian Del Castillo opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first for the Hops. Hillsboro’s Tristin English also hit a solo shot in the eighth.
Spokane’s Eddy Diaz tied the game at 1 in the first with a leadoff homer.
Drew Romo was the lone Indians player with multiple hits and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. Veen walked and had a hit and scored two runs.
Del Castillo, Caleb Roberts and Danny Oriente finished with three hits apiece and Watkins was 2 for 4 for the Hops.
The teams play again Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
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