Billings, MT-The Voyagers allowed runs in just one inning, but it was more than enough to catapult the Mustangs to a 5-1 victory and a two-game series sweep Tuesday night at Dehler Park.
Great Falls (5-10) has lost five straight, and six in a row on the road. Billings (6-11) owns a three-game winning streak for their longest of the season, and improved to 4-7 at home.
The game went scoreless through the first three-and-a-half innings before the Mustangs sent eight batters to the plate in the difference-making fourth. With one out, Matt Lloyd cranked an opposite field solo home run high and deep to left field for the game's first run. It was Lloyd's third dinger in just his fourth game played. Back-to-back singles by Reniel Ozuna and Edwin Yon followed. T.J. Hopkins loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch. James Free then made it 4-0 with a bases-clearing triple to the wall in left-center. The fifth run scored on a sac fly to left by Quincy McAfee.
The Voyagers mustered their only run of the night in the seventh. Luis Mieses led off the frame with a single to right-center. Mieses took second as the ball was bobbled in the outfield. Lency Delgado lined a single to left and moved the runner to third. Sam Abbott's line out to right allowed Mieses to tag and score.
For the Mustangs, Miguel Medrano picked up his first win on the mound. Medrano (1-0) went five innings and allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks. Sean Thompson took the loss despite recording the longest start of the season for the Voyagers. Thompson (1-2) lasted six-and-two-thirds and gave up five earned runs on eight hits with a season-high tying six strikeouts and two walks.
Billings outhit Great Falls 9-to-4. The Mustangs committed three errors. Matt Lloyd and Reniel Ozuna each posted two hits. Lloyd had a double in addition to the homer. Lency Delgado went 2-for-4 and hit his first triple of the season in defeat. The Voyagers were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Great Falls returns home to face the Mustangs at Centene Stadium starting Wednesday, July 3rd. The six-day, seven-game home stand features three against Billings and four against Idaho Falls, including a doubleheader on Monday. For season tickets and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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