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Hillsboro builds a three-run lead, then hangs on in the ninth for a 6-5 win over Salem-Keizer.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Hops players celebrate in the dugout during a game earlier this season.With a three-run ninth inning lead and first place on the line, Hillsboro's Josh Green came through — just barely.

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — trailing 6-3 entering the ninth- scored two runs on an error on what should've amounted to a game-ending double play, but failed to push the tying run across from second base when Green got the Volcanoes' Josh Bart to line out to second, ending the game, giving the Hops the series and pushing Hillsboro two games ahead in the Northwest League South Division standings.

The Hops scored three runs in the first inning thanks primarily to a Francis Martinez two-run double, added a fourth in the third on a Keshawn Lynch RBI single, and added a run in the fourth when Jorge Perez hit his first home run of the season off of Salem-Keizer's Alejandro De La Rosa. Lastly, they tacked-on a sixth and ultimately vital run in the ninth on a two-out Tra Holmes single that plated Zack Jones.

Hillsboro starter Matt Tabor allowed three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings and left with the bases loaded and a 5-3 lead in the fourth, but was relieved a bailed out by Trevor McKenna who continued his scoreless 2018 by retiring the Volcanoes Aaron Bond to end the inning. McKenna, Ethan Larrison and Kyler Stout would stymie Salem-Keizer until the ninth, allowing just one hit while striking out six.

Offensively, the Hops were led by Andy Yerzy who finished 4-for-4 to raise his season average to .324, while Martinez, Lynch, Jose Caballero, and Ryan Dobson added two hits apiece.

The Hops next travel south to Eugene for a three game set with the Emeralds before returning for an eight game home stand with Tri-City and Boise, starting Wednesday, July 11.

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