MISSOULA, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (12-17, 29-36-1) snapped their two-game slide with a 5-4 win over the Missoula Osprey (13-16, 32-35) in front of 1,257 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Thursday.
Billings took an early 3-0 lead with runs in both the first and second. Jeter Downs was walked to lead off the game and scored later on the RBI single of Hendrik Clementina. Clementina was one of two Billings hitters to have a three-hit night with the other being Andy Sugilio. Clementina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI while Sugilio went 3-for-5 with a double and a steal. It was his team-best 17th steal of the season.
J.D. Williams cranked his second homerun of the season in the second inning to make it a three-run Mustangs lead. It was a two-run blast off Missoula starter Cesilio Pimentel. Williams also added in two of the 12 Mustang hits.
Missoula then took their only lead of the night with four runs in the fourth. Six of the first seven batters of the inning would reach off Jacob Heatherly to boot him from the game. Heatherly went three shutout innings to start, allowing just one hit, before having a rocky fourth to see his early exit. He would not receive a decision.
The Mustangs immediately overcame the 4-3 deficit with a run in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Leandro Santana would hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Mark Kolozsvary to score to tie it at 4-4.
Billings then took back the lead with a Nadir Ljatifi RBI single in the sixth to score Raul Wallace. Wallace, in just his second start with Billings, went 2-for-4 with a run.
Mac Sceroler went three shutout innings of relief to set up the seventh save of the season for Connor Ryan in as many opportunities. Missoula managed to get the tying run to third and the winning run to second in the bottom of the ninth before Ryan struck out Keshawn Lynch to end the game.
The Mustangs can now look for the series split Friday in Missoula against the Osprey. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
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