After Chris Gaskin would walk, Defendis greeted left-hander Jesse Hall with a hard comebacker that went off his glove into shallow left field, scoring two runs to give the Hawks the lead for good.
With the win, Boise pulled to within one game of Spokane in the East. The Hawks must win the remaining two games of the series and would clinch the Division with a Tri-City loss to Yakima.
The Hawks would take a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a Taylor two-run homer, but the Tribe would rally, scoring once in the sixth, then getting a bases-loaded walk followed by a Freddie Thon two-run double to take the 6-3 lead.
Mota went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with the homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. Spokane starter Doug Mathis went six strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out eight.
Tommorow night, right-hander Scott Taylor makes his second start for the Hawks, while lefty Broc Coffman goes for Spokane.