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Devils Strike Early, Lead Wire to Wire to Snap Skid

September 2, 2010 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Bears (22-12, 40-32) fell behind early and never led as the Tri-City Dust Devils (12-22, 29-43) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-3 win in front of 1,588 fans at County Stadium Wednesday night.

The Devils tagged Miguel Peña for three runs in the first inning and two unearned runs in the second to jump out to a quick 5-0 lead.

The score remained the same until the last of the fifth when Yakima broke the shutout with a Roberto Ortiz two-out, RBI single.

Zach Walters grounded a two-run single into left field in the seventh to get the Bears within two at 5-3.

That would be as close as Yakima would get as Chad Jacobsen crushed a two-run homer to left center off Bears reliever Greg Robinson in the eighth to extend Tri-City's lead back to four.

Erik Stavert (3-4) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out four and walking three to earn the victory. Peña (4-6) gave up five runs - two earned - on six hits over a season-high 101 pitches to take the loss.

Ortiz was the only Bear to post a multi-hit night. Mike Freeman singled in the seventh to extend his hit streak to 13 games.

Yakima and Tri-City will play the finale of the three-game series Thursday night at 7:05. Enrique Burgos (1-1, 4.79 ERA) is slated to pitch for the Bears against Josh Mueller (2-2, 4.12 ERA) for the Devils.

Single-game and playoff tickets for game one against the Spokane Indians are on sale now at the downtown Bears office at 17 N. 3rd Street, Suite 101 and online at yakimabears.com. You can catch every Bears game all season long on 1460 AM KUTI or listen online at yakimabears.com.

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