OREM -- Two teams headed in opposite directions met on Tuesday night, and the Ogden Raptors kept the good vibes in their dugout for another 24 hours.
Ogden scored four runs in the ninth inning, taking advantage of three Orem fielding errors, to post a 6-4 victory over the Owlz at Brown Ballpark.
The win pushed the Raptors (17-12) into sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League's South Division with nine games to play. Ogden has won five in a row, 7 of 8 and 11 of its last 14 games.
The Owlz, who dropped a heartbreaker on Sunday in Idaho Falls, have lost five of their last eight.
As it currently stands the Owlz would miss the playoffs by a game, trailing Grand Junction in the bid for the second South playoff berth.
Ogden and Orem meet again this evening at Brown Ballpark.
Orem pitcher Jairo Diaz faced the minimum in six of his seven innings, but the bullpen and defense fell apart late for the second straight night.
Orem led 3-2 heading to the ninth frame, but reliever Austin Adams walked the first two batters he faced.
Noel Cuevas then struck out swinging, and it looked like Adams might get out of the jam because the next batter, Jose Capellan, hit a ground ball to Michael Bolaski. Bolaski threw the ball high enough to force Sherman Johnson off the bag.
Adams fired a wild pitch with the bases loaded to tie the game, and then after striking out Bladimir Franco, Adams allowed a two-run double to Justin Boudreaux.
Boudreaux finished with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, all coming with two outs.
Ogden got the scoring started with two runs in the second inning off of Diaz. Diaz allowed two runs on five hits, but that would be the only inning in which Diaz allowed a hit.
The right-hander went seven innings, giving up five hits and issuing two walks.
Michael Snyder hit a solo home run to put Orem on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Snyder singled home Wade Hinkle to tie the game in the fourth.
Orem took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning after Sherman Johnson singled, went to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chevy Clarke and then scored on a ground out by Bemboom.
Jason West, who worked three innings in relief of starter Carlos Frias, picked the win. Adam Jones worked an easy ninth for the save.
* RAPTORS NOTES: The Owlz have five named to the Pioneer League All-Star team; Jeremy Rathjen was Ogden's lone honoree.
Boudreaux made the defensive play of the game in the sixth, snagging Snyder's line drive to prevent two Orem runs. ...
Raptors speedster Malcolm Holland swiped his 38th base in the ninth inning, pushing his season total to withing five of Frank Candela's team record on 43 stolen bases in 1998. Holland was picked off in the eighth. ...
After tonight's game at Orem, the Raptors return home for their final four games of the regular season: two versus Idaho Falls, follow by Saturday-Sunday games against Orem.
The Raptors play their final four games on the road before starting the playoffs on Sept. 7 or 8.