Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers trailed 8-0 after just two Rockies' at-bats Thursday night before finally succumbing to Grand Junction 8-3 in the series opener at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (3-7, 18-29) has matched a season-worst losing streak of seven, and fell to 2-3 against Grand Junction in the season series. The Voyagers dropped to 10-12 at home. The Rockies (7-3, 26-22) have won three of their last four, and improved to 11-10 on the road. They are 6-3 against the North Division.
Grand Junction used the first couple of innings to put the Voyagers away early. The Rockies scored three times in the opening frame, and added five more tallies in the second. In the first, Christian Koss produced an RBI triple and Colin Simpson had an RBI single. The third run was unearned. Grand Junction sent eight men to the plate in the second and scored five runs on four hits with another error. Julio Carreras drove in a run with a base hit grounded into right. Simpson capped the inning with a three-run home run launched high and long gone to deep right-center for his team-leading 13th of the season.
The Voyagers first run of the night came in the bottom of the second on a two-out, solo home run whacked opposite way to deep left by Sam Abbott. It was Abbott's team-leading seventh dinger of the season. Great Falls scored the game's final two runs in the home half of the fifth. Abbott reached base with a one-out walk and Ivan Gonzalez followed with a single to right. With two outs, Kelvin Maldonado lined a ball up the third base side that rolled into the left field corner for his first triple of the season. Both Abbott and Gonzalez scored easily on the knock.
On the mound, Anderson Amarista picked up the win as he posted the longest start of the season for Grand Junction. Amarista (3-3) worked seven innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits (HR) with a season-high tying six strikeouts and one walk. He retired eight straight at one point. Sean Thompson took the loss in his shortest start of the season. Thompson (1-6) went two innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits (HR) with one strikeout. Four relievers combined to throw seven scoreless innings for Great Falls after the second inning.
The Rockies outhit the Voyagers 14-to-5. Five Grand Junction batters notched multi-hit games. Christian Koss went 3-for-5 with one RBI and a run. Ronaiker Palma collected three hits with a run. Colin Simpson had two hits with four RBIs.
Great Falls plays game two of four against Grand Junction Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The eight-game home stand runs through next Thursday. For season tickets and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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