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Hillsboro leads briefly, but falls to 0-2

KEIZER — The Hillsboro Hops are off to an 0-2 start to their new baseball life after Saturday's 8-4 road loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Hillsboro took its first lead of the Northwest League season, going ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning. But the Hops, who moved during the offseason from Yakima, Wash., and changed their Bears nickname, surrendered five runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to their second defeat in as many nights at Volcanoes Stadium.

Yogey Perez-Ramos, Yosbel Gutierrez, Ryan Gebhardt and Brian Billigen each had an RBI for the Hops, and Perez-Ramos went 4 for 4. Zachary Esquerra was 2 for 4, as Hillsboro mounted an 11-hit attack.

The Volcanoes had nine hits before their home crowd of 3,196.

Reliever Alexander Carreras, the second of three Hillsboro pitchers, took the loss. He gave up five runs, all earned, and three hits and three walks in the seventh inning.

Ross Gerdeman started for the Hops and help Salem-Keizer to two runs, one earned, on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.

The series wraps up at 5 p.m. Sunday, and then Hillsboro plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Monday at Hillsboro Ballpark against the Eugene Emeralds.