Eugene Emeralds general manager Allan Benavides spotted a difference in the fine print when he secured a permit to shoot off fireworks following Tuesday’s game.

“The fireworks must commence by 11 p.m.,” Bevavides said before Everett defeated Eugene 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,021 at PK Park. “It did not say that last year, but it said so explicitly this year.”

Last year, the Emeralds lost 7-5 to Boise in 20 innings on the Fourth of July in a game that lasted until 1:07 a.m. before the early morning fireworks show was able to begin. That result may have contributed to another change when minor league baseball instituted an experimental rule this season to begin all extra innings with a runner on second base in an attempt to end games sooner.

“The fireworks rule, the extra-innings rule, that’s two rules we started,” Benavides joked.

As the Ems neared the anniversary of last year’s fireworks show — which was held one day earlier this season on the eve of Independence Day due to league scheduling — Benavides worked to avoid another long delay if necessary before the postgame performance.

“We talked about it so much, with the league president and the media and Everett,” said Benavides, adding that he also had conversations with city manager Jon Ruiz, who bought a ticket for Tuesday’s game. “We talked about moving the game up to 6:30 but that doesn’t help because we had a two-hour game recently, and we have to wait until 9:45 to shoot fireworks. If we spend that much on them, we want it to be dark, so starting earlier doesn’t help.”

The Emeralds stuck with their usual 7:05 start, but decided if the game ran long, they would not to start an inning after 10:30 p.m. before taking a break for fireworks. That would have caused a lengthy delay to turn the lights off and back on, but with Everett not scheduled to return this season, the game would have to go on.

“Even if we had to bring the lights back on for extras, it was not going to go real late because that new rule speeds extra innings up by a lot,” Benavides said.

There turned out to be no concern for a curfew when Tyler Durna lined out in the bottom of the ninth to start a double play that ended the game at 9:35 p.m., giving Eugene’s staff about 10 minutes to prepare for the fireworks show.

The Emeralds lost for the second straight night and fell to 7-12 midway through the first half of the Northwest League season. Eugene fell six games behind first-place Hillsboro (13-6) in the South Division.

The Ems wasted a solid start from starting pitcher Ryan Williams, who allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out three in six innings. Dalton Geekie did not allow a hit while pitching the final three innings.

The only run came when Nick Rodriguez homered to lead off the top of the fifth inning.

Eugene had eight hits, but left seven runners on base while going hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The Emeralds put their leadoff hitter on base in each of the first five innings, but the closest they came to scoring a run was when Luis Diaz was thrown out trying to steal home to end the second inning.

Eugene had runners on first and second with one out in the first inning before Jonathan Sierra grounded into a double play.

Diaz and Christopher Morel hit back-to-back singles to lead off the second before Durna flew out and Gustavo Polanco hit into a fielders choice. After Morel took off for second base, catcher Troy Dixon threw to Rodriguez at second base and he fired back home to get Diaz.

Luis Vazquez led off the third with a single and was caught stealing before Nelson Velazquez singled to start the fourth and was stranded at first base.

Durna singled to open the fifth and Vazquez hit a one-out single before Fernando Kelli and Kwang-Min Kwon each flew out.

Morel singled with one out in the ninth and went for second on a hit-and-run before Durna flew out to center field and Morel was doubled off at first to end the game.

Everett starter Jheyson Caraballo allowed seven hits in six innings before Ulises Perez threw two innings and David Ellingson pitched the ninth for the save.