EUGENE — The Eugene Emeralds broke open a close game with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and earned an 11-5 win over the Everett AquaSox on Wednesday night at PK Park.
With the win and the Spokane Indians’ 11-5 loss to the Vancouver Canadians, Eugene pulled into a virtual tie for first place in the High-A West standings. Everett fell to 2.5 games back of both clubs with nine games left in the season. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play for the league championship.
Dariel Gomez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and was the only AquaSox batter with multiple hits. In his second game since being promoted, 19-year-old shortstop Noelvi Marte went 1-for-4.
Juan Then started on the mound for Everett (60-50) and allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Then struck out six and walked one.
Brett Auerbach went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI, and Sean Roby went 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in for Eugene.