Kyle Datres scored a grand slam as part of a seven-fold fifth innings and the Spokane Indians beat Everett AquaSox 11-3 on Thursday in the third of a six-time High A West series.
[BOX SCORE courtesy MILB.com]
The Indians (66-49) took over half a game lead over Eugene (66-50) with three games remaining in the regular season and took first place in the league.
The Emeralds were surpassed by Tri-City 3-1 in Pasco.
Spokane welcomes Eugene in the Best of 5 championship series from Tuesday at the Avista Stadium.
The Indians led 2-1 in the fifth inning and exploded for seven runs against three Everett pitchers.
Daniel Cope hit a solo homer while Jack Blomgren and Brenton Doyle hit in the inning before the big hit from Dater’s RBI singles.
Hunter Stovall and Niko Decolati added RBI singles in sixth place to extend their lead.
Indian starter Mitch Kilkenny (9-1) went five innings, allowing two runs with seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
The series continues on Friday at 1:05 p.m.