Indians pitcher Danny Salazar wasn’t spectacular, but wasn’t awful.

That said, his rehab performance did little to hurt the RubberDucks. But Kyle Dowdy was the very reason the Erie SeaWolves were bounced from the 2019 playoff picture.

Facing his former team, the right-hander shut down the SeaWolves in a 5-1 RubberDucks win Sunday at Canal Park. Not that it bothered the 26-year old at all.

The SeaWolves (76-61, 45-26) needed to win their final two games and have the Bowie Baysox (76-63, 45-26) lose their last two to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels did their part by beating the Baysox 2-1.

The Ducks had other plans.

“I didn’t even think about it in the knock-out sense, but now it’s even sweeter,” Dowdy said. “It’s always a fun team to pitch against. They have a lot of good hitters that have good approaches. I got lucky and got through it pretty easy. Those guys are always fun to battle.”

Dowdy (1-1, 2.79) had his best performance with the RubberDucks (61-78, 27-43) since coming back to the team after the Indians reacquired the Rule 5 pick on July 28 from the Texas Rangers.

He gave up an earned run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings to help the Ducks snap a six-game losing streak.

“He was able to make all his pitches and he was commanding them,” RubberDucks manager Rouglas Odor said. “That’s something he told me was his main focus. He wanted to improve his command and he did that tonight. He did a great job.”

Down a run, the Ducks tied things in the fourth on a home run by Trenton Brooks before exploding for four in the fifth.

Connor Smith doubled to left to break the tie and score Mitch Longo before Logan Ice singled to right to score Smith.

Nolan Jones added the exclamation point, sending a blast off Joe Navilhon that bounced off the top of the portable toilet in the bullpen.

“Having Dowdy out there absolutely dealing definitely gives us some momentum to get going for him,” Jones said. “Everybody was playing good defense. It all plays a part in having good at-bats.”

Salazar’s outing lasted 19 pitches. He walked Derek Hill on five pitches to open the game, but then induced groundouts by Isaac Paredes and Jose Azocar before getting Kade Scivicque to line out to third in foul ground.

“I did what I was supposed to do,” Salazar said. “I’m doing the things the Indians want right now.”

It’s been a fight for Salazar, who last pitched regularly for the Indians in 2017 because of rotator cuff tendonitis.

He fought all the way back to make his first start with the Tribe on Aug. 1. He lasted four innings in a 7-1 loss to Houston. Salazar gave up two earned runs, four hits, three walks and two strikeouts.

It was his one and only start because of a right groin strain.

He hit 88 mph once and stayed between 83-87 for the most part.

“It’s been a battle,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve dealt with the serious shoulder injury. It’s no fun. It’s a slow process. I’ve been fighting through it.

“One week you feel good and then one week you feel OK. Then you feel bad for another week. Then you feel good. I just have to be patient. I’m staying positive. I’m not trying to put my head down.”

The Ducks conclude the four-game series and the 2019 season at 1:05 p.m. Monday. Left-hander Adam Scott (4-5, 3.88) will get the nod for the RubberDucks. The SeaWolves haven't announced its pitcher.