The Portland Pickles tasted victory on the road Tuesday, opening a key matchup against the Marysville Gold Sox with a 3-1 win in California.
The big guns came through for the Pickles, who are fourth in the Great West League and extended their lead of the fifth-place Gold Sox to 2 1/2 games.
Matt Hardy (3-0) pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, with one walk and six strikeouts.
Zander Clarke hit a solo home run in the first inning — his GWL-leading ninth in 20 games played.
Also in the first, Koty Fallon blooped a single that scored Matt Starcovic, who had doubled.
In the ninth, the Pickles got an insurance run on a safety squeeze bunt single by catcher Andrew Garcia. Runners were on first and third with no outs. It was Garcia's first hit this summer.
Dustin Redish closed, tossing a hitless ninth for his second save.
Marysville scored in the second inning, bunching together three of its four hits.
Clarke and Starcovic each had two hits, and Portland finished with seven.
The Pickles improved to 16-21, while Marysville dropped to 14-24.
The series continues with games Wednesday and Thursday night at Colusa Casino Stadium.