BOISE, Idaho - Abel De Los Santos tossed five and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball, helping the Spokane Indians even the three-game series with the Boise Hawks, winning 4-1 before 2,917 fans at Memorial Stadium.
The left-hander struck out four to pick up his second win of the season and has not allowed an earned run in his past two starts.
Chris Garia got the Indians on the board quickly, launching the third pitch of the game over the left field wall for a solo homer, as Spokane led 1-0. Boise would have chances to tie in the second, third, and sixth - but Rock Shoulders was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Trey Martin single in the second, and both Marco Hernandez and Stephen Bruno were stranded at third in the middle innings.
The Indians would get an insurance run in the seventh on a two-out RBI triple from Guy Edmonds and plate two runs in the eighth on a Ryan Rua RBI fielders choice and a Boise error.
The Hawks would avert the shutout in the ninth on a Jeimer Candelario RBI single and bring the tying run to the plate, but Josh McElwee got Martin to ground to shortstop to end the game.
Garia went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Indians, who have won 3-of-4 against Boise this season.
Willengton Cruz was the tough-luck loser for the Hawks, allowing just one run on three hits in five innings of work, striking out five. Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in the loss.
The rubber game of the series is tomorrow night, with Boise's Jose Arias meeting Spokane's Eric Brooks at 7:15 p.m.