BILLINGS, Mont. -- Don't look now but a playoff chase is developing in the Pioneer League's South Division.
The Ogden Raptors dropped a tough 8-6 decision to the Billings Mustangs on Monday night at Dehler Park to fall to 8-7 in road games this season.
The loss, combined with Orem's 4-1 victory at Great Falls, trimmed Ogden's lead in the South Division to two games with 10 to play in the first half of the season.
The winner of the first half -- which ends July 30 -- earns a spot in the September playoffs.
Ogden fell behind 4-0 on Monday in Billings, but battled back with three runs in the third, and took the 5-4 lead an inning later when Matt Kirkland cracked his third home run of the season with Andrew Edge aboard.
The Mustangs didn't threaten until the bottom of the seventh, when a fielding error and wild pitch allowed Billings to score four runs and take the lead for good. Sean Buckley had a double and Kyle Waldrop followed with a two-RBI single to Billings (15-13).
Ogden reliever Kazuki Nishijima took the loss. Three errors cost the Raptors, who outhit the home team 12-9 and had baserunners in eight of the nine innings.
Ryan Kemp, the third of four Billings pitchers, picked up the win.
Righty Yimy Rodriguez took the mound Monday for his first career start, but gave up four runnings, including a two-run homer by Robert Maddox in the first inning.
Devin Lohman and Yovan Gonzalez each had a pair of hits for Billings.
The Raptors got three-hit, two-RBI efforts from from Kirkland and Joc Pederson. Noel Cuevas had a pair of doubles and Enily Morales also had two hits for Ogden.
Down 8-5, the Raptors managed to get a run back in the eighth when Jeffrey Hunt stroked a two-out tripled to left field, and came home to score when Billings pitcher James Allen mishandled Kirkland's comebacker.
Otherwise, Allen was effective, striking out three Raptors in two innings for the save.
The teams meet in the series finale tonight before Ogden begins its trip home.
Following the Wednesday travel day, the Raptors open a seven-game home stand against Great Falls and Billings on Thursday night.
Damon Berryhill's Raptors squad is 10-3 at this season, and will be glad to return to Lindquist Field.
Missoula leads Billings by two games in the Pioneer League's North Division.