BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (2-1, 20-20-1) snapped the Ogden Raptors' (3-1, 26-16) eight-game winning streak on Friday with a 7-5 win in front of 3,240 at Dehler Park.
The Mustangs would score five of their seven runs in the first two innings and would never trail in the game. Ogden's starter, Osiris Ramirez (1-3), would not make it out of the second inning, giving up five runs on five hits in just five outs. Jeter Downs and Miles Gordon hit consecutive singles in the bottom of the first to get the Billings offense started. Both would score later in the first.
Three consecutive RBI singles brought in three runs in the second. Gordon, Stuart Fairchild, and Andy Sugilio all collected RBI hits in the frame.
Leading 5-0 after two, the Mustangs would spend the rest of the game fending off Ogden rallies. The Raptors got the deficit back to one later in the game with several late pushes, but could never quite close the gap. Brock Carpenter added his third homerun of the season for the Raptors in the third in a 1-for-3 performance. Romer Cuadrado went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI to lead the Ogden offense.
Zac Correll (1-0) made his return to the Mustangs in 2017 with three solid relief innings on Friday. Correll allowed just one run on three hits in his time on the mound.
The Raptors got within one in the eighth after an RBI single from Luis Paz to score Donovan Casey and make it a 6-5 game, but that is the closest they would be. Morgan Lofstrom delivered a timely RBI single to center to score Alejo Lopez in the bottom of the eighth and give the Mustangs a valuable insurance run.
Tyler Buffett collected his third save by throwing the last two innings for Billings. He would retire the side in the ninth to finish off the game.
The Mustangs and Raptors will face off in the third game of their four-game series Saturday at Dehler Park. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.
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