MISSOULA, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (11-17, 29-36-1) dropped their second straight game to the Missoula Osprey (13-15, 32-34) falling 9-7 on Wednesday in front of 1,829 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.
Missoula took an early lead in a game both teams would hold a lead in. Joel Novas scored on a wild pitch after two hits in the frame off Jhon De Jesus. De Jesus went four innings giving up five runs on seven hits in the start.
Billings then tied the game with Nadir Ljatifi's solo homerun in the third. It was the first homer of the year for Ljatifi and the second straight night where Billings' first hit was a homerun.
The Mustangs grabbed their first lead in the fourth with four runs on three hits including Ljatifi's second homerun of the night, this one a three-run blast off Franklyn Soriano. Ljatifi finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI in his first multi-homer game of his career.
Leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs would blow that lead and trail the rest of the game. Gabriel Maciel added in a 2-RBI single in an inning which saw six hits, two wild pitches and an error.
Jeter Downs would homer in the top of the ninth to bring the Mustangs back within two, but they could not close the gap. Billings is now 7-7 on the season against the Osprey with two games left to be played between the two during the regular season.
The Mustangs and Osprey will face off in game three of their four-game series Thursday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in Missoula. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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