The Volcanoes fell for the third straight night as the Boise Hawks took the series opener 5-2 Wednesday in front of 2,742 at Volcanoes Stadium.
Drew Leenhouts (8-2) entered the game seeking his league-leading ninth win, but would be denied, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking none.
The Hawks jumped out to a lead early, getting ahead 3-0 after the top of the third. Daniel Lockhart and Lance Rymel led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Leenhouts would retire the next two batters. Carlos Penalver then struck an RBI single to score Lockhart, followed immediately by a two-out two-RBI single for Yasiel Balaguert. Balaguert would go 2-for-4 on the night.
The home team would pull within one, putting runs on the board in the third and fifth, making it a 3-2 contest. Blake Miller would score both Volcanoes runs, hitting leadoff doubles in both the third and the fifth and was hit in both times by Tyler Hollick. Miller went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored while Hollick was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. He would reach in three of his five at-bats.
The Hawks would add insurance runs in the seventh and ninth, snapping their four-game losing streak and moving ahead of the Volcanoes 4-3 in their season record.
The Volcanoes are now tied with the Hillsboro Hops for first place in the Northwest League South Division, both teams standing at 16-11.
Another hitting streak would come to an end on Wednesday. Ryan Jones' nine-game hitting streak was shut down after he went 0-for-5, including a swinging strikeout to end the game. Tyler Horan's 10-game hitting streak ended on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canadians.
With the 2-for-4 performance Miller, the South Salem graduate, is tied for the team lead in batting average at .362 with Jones.
The Volanoes and Hawks will face off in game two of their three-game series Thursday at Volcanoes Stadium. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.