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Bend at Cowlitz

When: 3:05 p.m. Sunday

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A five-run Cowlitz rally in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie Saturday night and carried the Black Bears to a 7-2 West Coast League win over the Bend Elks.

The loss was the ninth in a row for the Elks, who will try to end their longest slide of the season and salvage one win in the three-game set Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Story Field.

Bend was hitless in Saturday’s game until Deron Johnson smacked a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to the tie score at 2-2. But Cowlitz answered in the home half with help from Elks pitchers, who hit two batters and uncorked three wild pitches in the Black Bears’ decisive uprising.

Johnson’s homer, his first of the season, was the only hit of the night for Bend.

Sunday’s game will be the last for the Elks before the WCL breaks for Monday night’s All-Star Home Run Derby and Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, both at Genna Stadium in Bend.

The Elks’ next home game is set for Thursday, a nonleague contest against Northwest Star Academy. Bend returns to league play next Saturday in the opener of a three-game home series against the Corvallis Knights.

— Bulletin staff report