SPOKANE -- Helmis Rodriguez, the southpaw for the Dust Devils, tossed eight innings of five-hit baseball, allowing only Marcus Greene to score on a solo home run, as Spokane lost to Tri-City 3-1 in front of 4,408 fans at Avista Stadium.
Rodriguez lowered his ERA to 1.67 as he walked none of the 27 batters faced, but only struck out one. Closer Scott Firth came on in the ninth and escaped a bases-loaded jam by getting Zach Cone to pop up to end the game.
The Indians led early, 1-0, thanks to Greene’s second home run of the season. But a Cone error that led to the Dust Devils tying the game changed the feel, and ultimately the outcome.
Seth Spivey added one hit, making nine total in his past four games. Luke Tendler also singled, stretching his on-base streak to 13 games.