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Home runs spark TJ's

KEIZER ­ The Southern Oregon Timberjacks used a pair of late-inninghome runs to rally for a 4-3 Northwest League victory Wednesday over theSalem-Keizer Volcanoes.

The Timberjacks trailed 3-2 after seven innings, but Eddie Lara openedthe eighth inning with his second home run of the season to tie the game.

In the ninth, Southern Oregon catcher Jose Figueroa smacked his firsthomer of the year down the left field line. Volcanoes manager Shane Turnerprotested the call and was ejected by home plate umpire John Bullock, whoruled the blast a fair ball.

The Volcanoes threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Travis Youngsingled and C.J. Ankrum walked. Tim Flaherty grounded into a double playwhen third baseman Brad Gorrie stepped on the bag for a force out and firedacross the diamond to first baseman Ferris. Then Gorrie pulled Ferris offfirst base on Chad Faircloth grounder, but Ankrum tried to score from secondon the play. Ferris nailed the Volcanoes' first baseman at home on a throwto Figueroa to end the game.

After Salem took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Timberjacks tiedthe score in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Gorrie and Ron Tegland.

Southern Oregon grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Mike Koerner singled,stole second and scored on Ferris' single.

Salem scored two runs on three hits in the seventh to retake the lead,3-2.