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S-K's 7-run seventh does in Timberjacks

SALEM ­ Southern Oregon Timberjacks pitcher Oscar Abreu's fourthouting of the year began innocently enough.

Abreu, who had fanned 21 of 28 batters in his first three appearances,got the first Salem-Keizer hitter he faced in the seventh inning of Mondaynight's game ­ which was tied 1-1 at the time ­ to pop up.

Then Abreu and the Timberjacks' chances of opening their three-game standwith the Volcanoes with a win fell apart.

Before leaving without recording another out, the right-hander gave upsix earned runs ­ four on a grand slam by C.J. Ankrum ­ settingthe stage for Southern Oregon's 8-5 loss in Northwest League play.

After opening the season with five consecutive losses, the Volcanoesrecorded their ninth straight victory and stayed a half game behind SouthDivision-leading Portland.

Despite scoring four runs in the eighth, the Timberjacks (7-6) lost forthe third straight time.

The Volcanoes grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held it untilthe top of the seventh when Southern Oregon's Nicolas Sosa hit a sacrificefly to score Adam Piatt from third base to tie the game.

Following the pop-up out, Abreu (2-1) got to open the seventh, he walkedthree consecutive batters before serving up Ankrum's fourth home run overthe year. He had just one walk in nine innings of work prior to Monday'sgame.

Matt Priess followed with a single and moved to third on consecutivewild pitches from Abreu. Zack Wells walked before Randy Glaze came on inrelief of Abreu.

The next batter, Brett Casper, greeted Glaze with a two-run triple andMark Mosier followed with a sacrifice fly to compete Salem-Keizer's seven-runinning.

Southern Oregon opened the eighth with four straight singles to scoreone run. After another run scored on an error, Piatt hit an RBI single andthe Volcanoes made yet another error that led to the final run.

Salem-Keizer starter Jeff Andra kept the Timberjacks at bay for six innings.The left-hander scattered three hits and struck out six with just one walkbefore giving way to relief help.

The Timberjacks return to Miles Field on Thursday to open a five-gameset with the Spokane Indians.