EVERETT — It was a roller coaster of a game for the Everett AquaSox on Sunday.
Everett jumped to a 6-0 lead over the Spokane Indians before surrendering nine straight runs to fall behind 9-6. The Sox tied the game 9-9, but Indians center fielder Ryan Cordell ended the ride with a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning that propelled Spokane to a 10-9 win and snapped Everett’s seven-game winning streak.
After Phillips Castillo’s solo homer in the seventh cut the deficit to 9-7, Everett rallied to even the game in the eighth on RBI singles by Justin Seager and Castillo. Cordell then answered with his first professional home run, taking Sox reliever Richard White (1-2) deep to left field. Indians reliever Josh McElwee (1-0) struck out the side in the ninth to earn the victory.
Cordell finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Barrett Serrato added a two-run home run for Spokane (7-10).
The Sox seemed to be well on their way to a franchise-record-tying eighth consecutive victory with a six-run advantage and starting pitcher Steven Ewing cruising. Ewing allowed just one hit through the first four innings, but the big lead evaporated quickly in the fifth.
Spokane sent 12 men to the plate, scored seven runs and knocked Ewing out of the game. Roberto Duran and Chris Garia hit RBI singles to make the score 6-2. With the bases loaded, Janluis Castro singled to left. Castillo misplayed the ball and it rolled to the wall, which allowed all three runners to score. Facing Everett reliever Tyler Wright, Gabriel Roa blooped a two-run single down the right-field line that gave the Indians a 7-6 lead.
Serrato’s two-run homer in the seventh made it nine unanswered runs for Spokane.
Despite the error, Castillo had an outstanding afternoon at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Seager also had three hits and drove in two runs.
Everett got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the first inning off Indians starter Alex Gonzalez. Gonzalez allowed the first four hitters he faced to reach on a walk, a hit batter and two singles. Castillo had the second hit, which drove in two. A two-out passed ball allowed Seager to score the third run.
The Sox added three more runs off Indians reliever Kyle Castro. In the third, Michael Faulkner tripled to right and scored on Seager’s double. Everett scored twice the following inning on Reggie Lawson’s RBI double and Christian Carmichael’s run-scoring groundout.