BILLINGS, Mont. -- The hits were few and far between for the Ogden Raptors on Saturday night.
Still, the Raptors were deadlocked in a 1-1 game in the eighth inning at Dehler Park before losing 3-1 to the Billings Mustangs in Pioneer League action.
Ogden yielded a pair of runs in Billings' final at-bat, then managed little response in the ninth to see its four-game road winning streak come to an end.
The Raptors -- second in the league in batting average behind Orem (.300 to .293) -- managed just four hits on the game, striking out 15 times.
Ogden starter Jake Hermsen worked six innings, giving up a fourth-inning run on Zach Vincej's RBI single.
The run would hold up until the seventh when Kevin Smith singled with one out, moved to third on Bladimir Franco's double and came home on a groundout by Malcolm Holland.
The Raptors thought they had a pair of runs as Franco's long shot hit the top of the fence in left field and was initially ruled a home run.
In the pivotal eighth, Billings' Beau Amaral singled off Ogden eliever Luis Meza (0-1), who then got the next two batter outs out.
Daniel Pigott singled, then he and Amaral came home to score on Carlos Sanchez's triple to deep center field.
Sean Lucas (3-1), who gave up the tying run, stayed around long enough to get the win on the mound for the Mustangs. Matt Wiley worked a quick ninth for the save.
With 18 games left in the season, Billings leads the North Division and has the inside track at joining first-half winner Great Falls in the playoffs.
In the South Division, Orem leads Idaho Falls by a game in the chase for the second-half title and a spot versus the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
Billings currently owns the top overall record in the league at 35-23; Ogden is second at 31-27. The teams meet this afternoon.