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Everett walks away with victory

Late rally cuts TJs' NWL lead to one game

One bad inning cost the Timberjacks Sunday night.

Everett put seven runs on the board in the sixth, three on bases-loaded walks, to pull out a 9-8 win over Southern Oregon in Northwest League action at Miles Field.

The costly inning, combined with Portland's 11-inning win over Spokane, trimmed the Timberjacks' lead to one game in the Southern Division standings.

Southern Oregon and Everett will play the fourth game of the five-game series tonight at 7:05.

The Timberjacks had their bats working early, staking starting pitcher Justin Lehr to a 4-1 lead.

Trailing 1-0, the Timberjacks caught fire when shortstop Carlos Rosario belted a leadoff double to right-center field to start a third-inning rally.

Following a walk to Gerald Laird, Matt Howe smacked his 11th home run of the season to left-center field and Brad Henderson added a solo shot to give the TJs a 4-1 edge.

The AquaSox added a run to trim the deficit, and then Southern Oregon's hurlers began to unravel.

Kevin Robles started the sixth inning with a double and moved to third following a hit-batsman and a single by Rubin Castillo.

Alex Negron then came in to relieve Lehr but failed to get an out as he walked the next three batters before giving way to Ryan Tauscher. With Everett leading 5-4, Victor Martinez and Chris Snelling greeted Tauscher with consecutive RBI singles before the crafty left-hander finally was able to record an out.

Robles then came up with his second hit of the inning, another RBI single, and Mike Abate rounded out the scoring with an RBI groundout.

The Timberjacks made it interesting in the eighth when Jeremy Schied and Josh Hochgesang drew back-to-back walks. Following an RBI sacrifice by Rosario, Mike Lockwood put the final runs of the evening on the board with a three-run blast to left.

Lockwood and Howe led the offensive attack with one hit and three RBIs apiece, while Robles went 4-for-5 with three runs to pace the AquaSox.