SPOKANE — The Eugene Emeralds couldn't hold a 7-1 lead Wednesday in falling to the Spokane Indians in the opening game of a series matching teams with the two worst baseball records in the Northwest League.
Both teams are 9-17.
Eugene scored three runs in the top of the third and fourth innings to take a 7-1 lead before the Indians regrouped.
Spokane scored once in the bottom of the fourth and twice in the sixth to pull within 7-4. Juan Pablo Martinez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to pull Spokane within 7-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Disobel Arias and Curtis Terry walked around a fly out to set the stage for Starling Joseph, who homered to left field to pull Spokane even at 7-7.
The Indians then won it in the bottom of the eighth inning when Hasaun Viera walked with the bases loaded with two outs to force in the go-ahead run. Cristian Inoa scored the winning run after reaching on a single, followed by an out, a Josh McReynolds single, another out and a walk to Joseph.
Eugene started the scoring when Fernando Kelli walked, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a Luis Diaz sacrifice fly in the top of the first.
Nelson Velazquez had a three-run double for the Emeralds in the third. The Emeralds added three more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer from Luis Vazquez and an RBI double from Diaz.