The Tri-City Dust Devils defeated the Spokane Indians 4-3 Monday night to earn their second sweep of the season. The win also puts the Dust Devils over the .500 mark for the first time this season and kept pace with the Yakima Bears for first place in the Northwest League East Division.
Spokane remains tied for last place in the East with Boise at 8-17.
Dust Devils (13-12) first baseman Miguel De Leon got the offense going early for Tri-City, hammering a 2-run home run to left field in the first inning, his first home run as a Dust Devil. Spokane answered back quickly, scoring one run in both the third and fourth innings to tie the game. But a single from Tri-City designated hitter Kyle Von Tungeln followed by a sacrifice fly from shortstop Rosell Herrera in the bottom of the fourth put the Dust Devils in front 4-2. De Leon and Von Tungeln ended the night 1-for-4 and 2-for-3 respectively.
The four runs scored throughout the first four innings is all the Dust Devils' pitching staff would need as starter Shane Broyles (2-0) earned his second win of the season. Broyles worked five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Spokane starting pitcher Abel De Los Santos (3-2) had his worst start of the season, allowing four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched. It was the first time in four starts that De Los Santos had allowed a run and raised his earned run average from 0.86 to 2.05.
The Indians have their first day off Tuesday, before returning to Avista Stadium to host Eugene at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.