HELENA, Mont. -- The Ogden Raptors concluded a tough seven-game road trip Wednesday with a frustrating loss to the Helena Brewers.
Despite breaking out to a 5-0 lead, Ogden fell 9-6 and failed to pull ahead in the Pioneer League South Division standings as the first-half of the season winds down.
Now with two games remaining, the Raptors are tied with the Grand Junction Rockies, who lost at Billings, Mont. on Wednesday.
The Raptors lost five of seven on their trip to Great Falls and Helena.
They'll have the day off today, then turn their attention to a seven-game homestand, which begins with a four-game series with Orem starting on Friday.
Ogden (19-17) had a chance to earn a slight advantage over Grand Junction in the standings but could not capitalize after a fast start Wednesday against Helena.
The Brewers (13-23) scored five times in the bottom of the fourth, added two more in the fifth and two more in the eighth inning.
Helena outfielder Ruben Ozuna collected three hits and drove in four runs, while teammate Adam Giacalone went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Brewers reliever Brent Suter (3-2) worked the final five innings, allowing a run on one hit, to pick up the victory.
Ogden's Kazuki Nishijima (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up seven runs on eight hits over two innings of work.
Designated hitter Jesus Valdez led the Raptors with two hits -- including a double -- and a pair of RBIs.
The Raptors scored four times in the top of the third inning, highlighted by Valdez's two-run double.
Shortstop Kevin Thompson led off the fourth inning with a solo home run, putting Ogden ahead 5-0.
The Raptors had three errors in the field as Helena rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
As a team, Ogden was just 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded a total of five runners on base.
Helena pitchers Suter and starter Tyler Wagner combined for seven strikeouts.
Ogden relievers Lindsey Caughel and Jharel Cotton each worked a hitless inning.